Travel & Migration

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What can you find in the Travel & Migration records?

"Using the India Office records, I discovered my ancestor worked in the Indian Civil Service. The records gave me full details of where he worked and I later found out he was knighted for the work he did." Dave C, a Genes Reunited member

Why should you search these records?

  • The Passenger Lists hold the details of over 24 million people leaving the UK on long haul voyages.
  • Learn more about your ancestors and how they moved around an travelled in the 19th and 20th centuries.

5 easy steps to use these records

  • Enter a first and last name
  • Using the ‘Event type’ drop down, choose to search by the year of birth of the person you are looking for, or select ‘other event’ to search by departure year
  • Too many results? Use the ‘Optional keywords’ field to add in the departure or destination port
  • Not enough results? Broaden the years you are searching, tick the ‘name variants’ box in case the name has been recorded under the wrong spelling and remove any ‘Optional keywords’

What records do we have?

  • Passenger Lists covering all ships that left the UK between 1890 and 1960
  • Passport Applications
  • Convict Arrivals in New South Wales
  • Bengal Civil Service Gradation List 1869
  • East India Company Pensions 1793-1833
  • East India Register & Army List 1855
  • India Office List 1933
  • Indian Army & Civil Service List 1873