How to look for records of... Alien arrivals

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You can search and download (£) details of foreign nationals (known as aliens) who arrived in England 1810-1811 and 1826-1869.

These are digitised records from a variety of record series held at The National Archives:

  • lists of aliens arriving at English ports (FO 83/21-22)
  • certificates of arrival of aliens (HO 2)
  • returns and papers of the Home Office (HO 3)
  • account of aliens arriving in certificates of arrival numbers 1-1055 (CUST 102/393-395)
  • Account of aliens arriving in Gravesend: certificates of arrival (CUST 102/396)

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