Oldham County

Migration & Ship Lists



Finding your immigrant ancestors listed on ships is not always easy. Many things must be taken into consideration.

For Example:

  • What country did your ancestor come from? Did this cause a language barrier or heavy accent and therefore affect the way the surname was spelled.
  • Did the ship stop elsewhere en route and therefore was listed from its last port instead of the country of origin?
  • Listings of men were always made, but the women weren't always listed.
  • Only males over the age of 16 were listed.
  • Given the above two items, whole families may have immigrated, although only the main male of the family was listed.

    Below you will find listed links for finding ships coming into the US. These ships arrived at various different ports; it takes time and patience to search these. They are normally divided into several different categories:

  • Port of departure
  • Port of arrival
  • Year of Sailing
  • By Surname
  • By Captain of Ship's Name

    These ship listings can be quite informative, if the time is taken to search through them.

  • Where your ancestor came from
  • His occupation in his homeland
  • Was he sick on arrival, or did any in that party die?
  • Did he take the Oath of Allegiance?
  • Sometimes intended destinations are listed

    While there are literally thousands of websites dealing with immigrations, I have included those that I think are the best. If anyone should have any that they think are good and useful, please let me know and I will get them on here.


    Immigrant Transcribers Guild

    (Excellent Site-many divisions of search)

    The Mayflower Families

    Olive Tree Genealogy

    Shipping, Emigrants, Lists

    Genealogy Resources for Ship Lists

    Ellis Island

    Migration Routes, Trails & Maps

    Migrational Routes

    Migration Routes


    Problems or bad links should be reported to the webmaster.

    NOTE: These records have been transcribed from several different sources, either by the coordinator or by other researchers and provided as a starting point to assist you in your research; I've verified as many as I could, but be aware that there may be errors (either mis-spellings on the original records, almost illegible writing on the records, and/or typing errors on my part), so make sure to double check them prior to assuming they're "the gospel truth". I will never deliberately include erroneous information in any part of this site.

    If you have records that you'd like to see added to this site, please contact Suzanne and I'll be glad to add them to this collection.

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