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Help and advice for UK and Ireland: Emigration and Immigration

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UK and Ireland: Emigration and Immigration





  • Families in British India Society website - contains numerous links and much useful tutorial material.
  • India Office Records at the British Library - "the documentary archives of the administration in London of the pre-1947 government of India".
  • India Office Records and Private Papers - catalogues of "the holdings of India Office Private Papers, Prints & Drawings, and Photographs within the Library's Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections".
  • British India Family History Research webring
  • Anglo Indians website (archived copy) - claims "to be the most complete international repository and exchange of Anglo-Indian information".
  • Adrian Gilbert's Anglo-Indian home Page
  • The British Library's India Office Family History Search facility, of "300,000 births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials in the India Office Records."

North America

  • PRO Leaflet: Emigrants to North America After 1776.
  • Between 1892 and 1924 more than 22 million people arrived in the United States of America through Ellis Island and the Port of New York. The American Family Immigration History Center have provided a searchable database listing details of these arrivals.
  • The New York Battery Conservancy's Castle Garden database provides (free) means for searching by name and time period for immigrants who arrived in the Castle Garden immigration center between 1830 and 1890.
  • Immigrants to Canada - a searchable database provided by Library and Archives Canada, coveringthe period before 1865.
  • The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild and the The Ships List of passenger lists for immigrant ships to America available online.
  • Immigrant Servants Database - details regarding over 10,000 American colonists who crossed the Atlantic Ocean as indentured servants.
  • Marjorie Kohli provides information about 19th century emigration to Canada (includes Emigrants Handbooks, ships lists, etc.) and about the emigration of children and young women to Canada from 1833-1939.
  • FindMyPast's Passenger Lists covering all ships leaving the UK from 1890-1960.
  • Home Children database - "Between 1869 and the early 1930s, over 100,000 children were sent to Canada from Great Britain during the child emigration movement. Members of the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa are locating and indexing the names of these Home Children found in passenger lists in the custody of the National Archives of Canada."
  • Citizenship and Naturalization Records - "Citizenship and Immigration Canada holds records of naturalization and citizenship from 1854 to the present. The originals of records dated between 1854 and 1917 have been destroyed. However, a card index by name has survived, which provides information compiled at the time of naturalization . . ."

South Africa

South America

See also under Merchant Marine.