Where did they go?

This guide was last updated in 2010

Since outbound British passenger lists aren’t available prior to 1890, if you suspect your ancestor may have gone to the gold fields, your best bet is to search arrival lists.

Assisted immigration records into New South Wales from 1828 to 1896, including early immigration to Port Phillip (Melbourne, Victoria) and Morton Bay (Brisbane, Queensland), are indexed and available online at www.records.nsw.gov.au.

Some unassisted passenger arrivals for NSW from 1842-1855 are also available on that site. The Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters website has indexes of many unassisted passenger arrivals from 1854-1900.

Immigration records for Victoria 1852-1899 are online at www.prov.vic.gov.au. The largest source of online passenger arrival manifests for the US is the Immigration Collection at www.ancestry.com, which includes most arrivals through major US ports.

Indexes at www.stevemorse.org and pilot.familysearch.com offer assistance with locating free online passenger arrival records.

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