How to look for records of... Passengers
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
The majority of inward passenger lists from 1878 to 1960 and outward passenger lists from 1890 to 1960 have survived (see below). There are very few records in The National Archives of passengers before 1878.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
UK passenger lists do not record travel within Europe unless a ship called at more than one European port before travelling further afield.
Passenger lists are not held by The National Archives after 1960, when air travel became more common. No air passenger lists have survived.
For records of passengers after 1960 it may be worth contacting the relevant shipping line.