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Subject: Re: [S-I] Irish Protestants
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 09:41:00 EDT
In a message dated 10/20/2008 9:24:27 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Hi, my friend, there are no ship lists in 1768. Ship lists begin in 1820 of
all people arriving at American ports. It was in that year that the US
congress passed a law requiring them. Before that there are a few lists of various
kinds of people, largely made due to local laws. For example Philadelphia
taxing people bringing in goods over a certain amount -- so poor immigrants
are NOT on them, and British laws requiring that non-British subjects be
documented and take an oath. These are the Germans. There are various kinds of
partial lists, diaries, all kinds of stuff -- but it is not comprehensive. Not
by far. Very few immigrants are documented on any surviving kind of list.
You can learn about this at www.genealogy.com/university.html -- the courses
on immigration. These are free, but you can also take for fee courses or
purchase a few books on the topic. They will all tell you the same thing.
What colonial passenger lists there are are very precious and are published.
The index to them is called Filby. You can find Filby in various libraries,
purchase on CD, or use at www.ancestry.com, if you are a member. It takes
less than 5 minutes to search them all at Ancestry. Or you can surf the
Internet for months looking for transcriptions. Or spend a half day or so in a
library. Your choice.
You will also find a lot of information on Filby in the archives of this
list. Or by googling.
But do take the time to study the free courses at
www.genealogy.com/university.html on migration. Otherwise you may waste your time searching for records
that never existed. 100% of them are unfindable, even when searched for for
20 or 40 years. And people do search that long. 100% of the time ... in vain.
But if you execute a smart search (for records that do exist), then you can
move on to executing a strategy that may succeed in finding your ancestral
place of origin.
-------------- Original message ----------------------
> Is it possible that anyone on this list has passenger lists of the ships
> from Derry to Philadelphia? My ancestor took that route (I believe) but
> loaded in New Castle, DE in 1768.
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