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    Seeking valid years for Baltimore & Philadelphia port of entry

    hunthistorygirl Newbie

      I am interested in knowing what years, or parts of years, are missing for Baltimore and Philadelphia immigration ports of entry.  Where can I find this information?

        • Re: Seeking valid years for Baltimore & Philadelphia port of entry
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          Several years ago I prepared this list of missing ship arrivals for the port of Baltimore 1855 - 1859 for the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society:

          Missing Baltimore Ship arrival information 1855-1858

          Quarterly abstracts for port of Baltimore:

          These are lists sent by the Baltimore customs office to Customs headquarters quarterly that list names, gender, age, and occupation of all immigrants for that quarter.  They do not have actual dates of arrival or the names of the ships.  Sometimes they are the only records of someone arriving, if the actual list was lost. Most of the quarterly abstracts for the time period (1850-1857) are missing.  On the microfilm (M596 roll 5) there are some abstracts from the late 1840’s through the 3rd quarter of 1850, but then the last quarter of 1850 through the last quarter of 1856 are missing. 

          Actual passenger lists for Feb 5, 1855 through Dec 20, 1859 (M255 rolls 11 & 12):

          There are huge gaps of missing records and the 1855 records that exist are badly damaged with many holes or missing sections of the pages or whole pages missing.  The records from early 1857 that exist are all obviously water damaged.

          Records that exist by date:

                     Feb 5th - Sept 19th 1855

                               Missing nearly 11 months of records

                     Aug 4th - Dec 16, 1856

                               Missing over 2 months of records

                     Feb 24, 1857 (one ship only)

                               Missing 1 ½ months of records

                     Apr 9th - Dec 21, 1857

                               Missing 2 ½ months of records

                     March 18th - June 22, 1858 (14 ships arriving)

                     July 6th – July 29, 1858 (7 ships arriving)

                     Aug 17th – Aug 23rd, 1858 (4 ships arriving)

                     Sep 3rd – Sep 30th, 1858 (4 ships arriving)

                     Oct 13th – Nov 7th. 1858 (3 ships arriving)

                     Nov 8th - Dec 5th, 1858 (1 ship arriving)

                     Dec 6th , 1858 – Jan 28th, 1859 (6 ships arriving)

                     Jan 29th, – Mar 1, 1859 (2 ships arriving)

                     Mar 2nd, – Apr 3rd, 1859 (3 ships arriving)

                     Apr 4th, – May 1st, 1859 (5 ships arriving)

                     May 2nd, – Jun 6th, 1859 (6 ships arriving)

                     Jun 7th, – Jul 1st, 1859 (5 ships arriving)

                     Jul 2nd - Aug 3rd, 1859 (4 ships arriving)

                     Aug 4th – Sep 15th, 1859 (3 ships arriving)

                     Sep 16th – Nov 11th, 1859 (4 ships arriving

                     Nov 12th – Dec 30th, 1859 (8 ships arriving)

          from microfilm catalog of Baltimore arrivals:

          roll 6: 2 Jul 1847 - 20 Dec 1848

          roll 7: 2 Jan 1849 - 28 Jun 1850

          roll 8: 3 Jul 1850 - 28 May 1852 (time span indicates gaps in records)

          roll 9: 2 Jun 1852 - 29 Aug 1853

          roll 10: 5 Sep 1853 - 30 Dec 1854

          roll 11: 5 Feb 1855 - 22 Jun 1858 (see list above)

           

          For other years for the port of Baltimore I would use Ship Lists: Searching for Ships in One Step (stevemorse.org) entering a beginning and ending date for the period of time you are interested in.

          You could do the same type of search for Philadelphia at Ship Lists: Searching for Ships in One Step (stevemorse.org)

          You could cross reference ship arrivals in local newspapers of port cities for a certain day or several day span, to see if a passenger list exists for each ship listed as arriving on a given date.  

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