Shipping and migration

Port Cities – Southhampton

Use this site to discover the story of merchant shipping and port life in Southampton. The archive contains over 10,000 photographs, maps, sound clips, documents, games and other objects which can be accessed online.

Adoption and Forgotten Australians

A family history research guide, by the State Library of Victoria, for adopted people, Forgotten Australians and child migrants.TIP: Check state libraries and state archival repositories for similar guides

National Archives of Australia – Research Guides

National Archives of Australia’s Research Guides – You can browse and purchase copies from the online shop or download them for free from this site. Guides available include: • Twenty seven research guides covering immigration (British, Chinese, Jewish, child), foreign…

Ships Nostalgia

An online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. This free forum is for crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts and cruisers.  This site has a wealth of information, and contacts, for family history research. Site features include:•…

19th century South Australian shipping databases

This site by Graham Jaunay has three online databases designed for accessing details on vessels, and emigrants, arriving in South Australia. They include:• 1836 to 1840 emigrants who applied for free passage – Lists the names of 11,518 labourers and…

Mercantile Navy List and Maritime Directory Online

The Mercantile Navy List, compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, was published from 1849 until 1976 (with a gap 1941 to 1946, during World War II). This list is the official, comprehensive listing of all merchant vessels…

Lloyd’s Register of Ships online

This site has a table with links to volumes of Lloyd’s Register of Ships which have been scanned by Google Books and The Internet Archive. These fully searchable volumes date from 1764-1899 (with gaps). The Registers can be searched by…

State Library South Australia

The State Library offers many opportunities to explore and discover areas of the State’s history, your family history, special and digital collections and more. Digital Collections – Showcases selected items from the State Library’s collection with a particular focus on…

Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960

The National Archives (UK) Outward Passenger Lists for voyages departing the British Isles 1890-1960  (BT27) for Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA detail 24 million+ records. The database covers many arrivals into Australia that are still unindexed…

Ancestry.com – Unassisted Immigrants 1826-1922

Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists 1826-1922. There is a free name search with subscription, or pay to veiw options available to access the digitised records. This database covers the following records held by State Records New South Wales:• Inward passenger lists.…