Section of outward passenger list for RMS Titanic, 1912 (Catalogue reference: BT 27/780B/8)

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?

    • Try to find out:

      • the name and year of birth of the passenger
      • the name of the ship they travelled on
      • the ports of departure and/or arrival
  • What other resources will help me find information?

    • Websites

      Look at the Ships List website for information about passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa, as well as immigration reports and newspaper records.

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.