Did your ancestors travel by boat from faraway places to start a new life in the UK? Well now you can find out when you explore the complete UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 - available online for the first time ever to Premium and Worldwide members, only on Ancestry.co.uk.
During much of this period boat travel was the only way to travel long distances between countries, with ships constantly arriving in the UK, full of people from around the world, and particularly from other Commonwealth countries.
With around 16 million names, the collection contains every surviving record of passengers who arrived in the UK by ship from far-flung destinations such as the Caribbean, India and Australia. So if your ancestors came here from abroad, you could find them on board.
Search the collection by port of arrival, name of vessel, shipping line, port of embarkation and date of arrival. And as well as passenger names, you can discover historical information such as the date of birth, occupation and, from 1922 onwards, intended UK address of each passenger.
The UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 is just the first of many exciting new collections to be made available to Premium and Worldwide members. So why not make Ancestry.co.uk your next port of call?
Much of this collection pre-dates international air travel - the only way to travel was by boat. So you'll find some very important people pop up in our records, such us:
Don Bradman, the legendary Australian cricketer who led 'The Invincibles' Ashes team to victory in 1948. Arriving on 16th of April 1948, the team played a total of 31 first class fixtures, including five Test Matches, not losing one - hence the name 'The Invincibles'.
Mahatma Ghandi, the iconic Indian politician and 'man of peace'. Ghandi travelled to England in 1888 to study law at University College, London.
The actress Judy Garland, the original 'child star' and Hollywood legend. Garland frequently travelled to London… and eventually died there in 1969.