Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild:

Records of Grimshaw Immigrants, 1827 to 1915

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The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild (ISTG) is apparently a volunteer organization that is systematically transcribing passenger lists from immigrant ships and making them available on the internet. The ISTG website is at: http://immigrantships.net/

The ISTG is well described in the November 1998 newsletter of the International Internet Genealogical Society (IIGS™). The relevant article in the newsletter is provided below on this webpage. Additional information on the ISTG can be found under the FAQ section of their website, which is reproduced near the bottom of this webpage.

Twenty-one Grimshaw passengers (with a few name variants) were found on the ISTG website. They are listed on this webpage in order of the date of arrival of the immigrant ship. Only a few of the entries have thus far been identified with a Grimshaw immigrant who is described elsewhere on this website.
Noah and Elizabeth Grimshaw, who arrived in New York in 1865, where subsequently recorded in the 1870 U.S. Census living in Trenton, NJ. Mary, Samuel, Harry, Emma, and Mary (daughter) Grimshaw, who arrived in 1880, have been identified with the George and Mary (Barnes) Grimshaw family line of Paterson, New Jersey (see companion webpage). Mary, the infant daughter, apparently did not live to join the family in Paterson for long, as there is no record of her in the 1880 U.S. Census, which was taken the same year as the arrival of the family in America.

Harold Grimshaw, author of books on the Shetland Islands, arrived in 1910; he is also described on another webpage. One of the Grimshaws (A Grimshaw from Brooklyn) was on the Lusitania when it was sunk in 1915 by a German submarine during World War I.

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Lovely Nelly, May 1, 1775: John Grinslaw

Manchester, December 8, 1827: James Grimshaw?

Outaw, March 8, 1842: Henry Grimshaw

Middlesex, May 8, 1855: Thomas Grimshaw

Ashburton, August 28, 1857: Sanuel Grimshaw

S.S. City of Baltimore, September 29, 1859: Thomas Grimshaw, John Grimshaw

Jeremiah Thompson, May 28, 1864: Mrs George Grimshaw

Pennsylvania, March 1, 1865: Noah and Eliz. Greenshaw, Mary and Alice Grimshaw

S.S. Atlantic, October 10, 1871: Jane Grimshaw, Isabella Grimshaw

S.S. Oceanic, September 28, 1874: Mrs S.A. Grimshaw, Miss Grimshaw, Master Grimshaw

RMS Abyssinia, May 1, 1878: William C Grimshaw?

S.S. City of Brussels, September 20, 1878: Jonathan Grimshaw, Sallie Grimshaw

S.S. Arizona, May 17, 1880: Mary Grimshaw; Samuel, Harry, Emma, and Mary Grimshaw

Aorangi, November 29, 1883: Joshua Grimshaw

S.S. Scythia, July 23, 1886: Ann Grimshaw?, Joshua Grimshaw?

S.S. Colon, November 13, 1888: Grimshaw

S.S. Samaria, August 18, 1890: Arthur Grimshan

S.S. Ivernia, October 18, 1905: Annie Grimshaw, Martha Grimshaw, Laura Grimshaw

S.S. Canada, October 22, 1910: Mr and Mrs Harold Grimshaw

RMS Lusitania, May 1, 1915: A Grinshaw

Empress of Canada, November 8, 1947: Mrs F Grimshaw

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Thanks go to the members of the ITGS for transcribing the ships’ passenger lists and making them available on the internet.

International Internet Genealogical Society Description of the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

The International Internet Genealogical Society (IIGS™) published an excellent description of the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild in their November 1998 newsletter, which has been posted on the IIGS website. The IIGS is self-described as shown below after their website address.

 

http://www.iigs.org/

The International Internet Genealogical Society (IIGS™) is a volunteer organization dedicated to: the promotion and maintenance of genealogical resources through the medium of the Internet; the encouragement of ethical genealogical practices and accurate research; and the promotion of international cooperation among genealogists throughout the world.

 

 

The newsletter describing the ISTG, its origins, and how it functions is shown below after the specific website address.

 

http://www.iigs.org/newsletter/9811news/shiplist.htm.en

IIGS™ Newsletter – November 1998

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Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

By Penny Bonnar

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Researchers whose ancestors were immigrants to other lands often spend hours searching ships’ lists. From the lists they hope to gain valuable information which will help further their search. They might, for example, discover from a ship’s list the name of the town or village from which their ancestors emigrated. Often, they discover previously unknown family members who traveled with their ancestors or they find that whole groups of people, neighbors and family, emigrated together.

Sometimes, finding out just which ship an ancestor took to arrive in their new home is frustrating. Often, an exact date is not known, making the search difficult. The most a researcher can do is search list after list in hopes of discovering their ancestor’s name among the passengers.

Patty MacFarlane Prather is one of those researchers who has spent hours searching the passenger lists of immigrant ships. Patty and a group of volunteers organized the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild to help genealogists search passenger lists on the Internet.

“It all happened very quickly,” recalled Patty. “Most of our volunteers were among the thousands of people who are searching for their ancestors, trying to determine which ship they arrived on, which port it came into and then to get a copy of the passenger list for our own personal use.

“About mid-September of this year, someone posted an idea to the Ships List suggesting that we form a group and begin to copy passenger lists and get them on the Internet. Within days a number of people responded saying that they liked the idea and would be willing to help. After reading ten or more such letters, I posted my own which essentially said, ‘Let’s stop talking about it, let’s just do it.'”

The project was up and running almost immediately. According to Patty, sheer enthusiasm propelled the group to tackle what others said was too huge a task. With volunteers lined up, the next step was to find a home for the data the volunteers would transcribe.

“We had several leads regarding a place on the Internet to put all this data we were soon to have,” said Patty, “and to our good fortune IIGS™ was thrilled with the project and generously gave us our website.”

Of course, there are hundreds, if not thousands of passengers lists and some had already been transcribed. The Guild did not want to duplicate the work of others. Patty said she had been looking for her great-great grandfather’s 1878 ship and passenger list and had found nothing on the Internet. So it seemed to her that 1878 was a good year to begin. Now, other years are being transcribed after a careful search to assure they are not already on the Internet or that some other organization is not involved in their transcription.

So how was this massive project organized?

“Two or three afternoons a week, I copy the lists at the NARA in Denver and mail them to our volunteers about once a week,” explained Patty. “I copy the passenger lists and mail them out, keeping track of all the information about the ship and who is working on it. On the other end, the volunteer receives it, studies it and begins to decipher and type it.

“When it is completed, it is emailed back to me and I send it on to Paula at IIGS™ who adds it to our website. I would have to admit that it sounds easier than it is, as I am now keeping track of well over 150 ships and their passenger lists. We have recently put into place additional steps of several proof-readings, since these are historical documents and we don’t want to change them in any way.”

A believer in keeping things simple, Patty said there is no pressure on volunteers in terms of time. Everyone, she noted, has families, jobs and other obligations.

“The no-pressure schedule allows for everyone to work at their own speed, to take all time they need to do an accurate job–and we have a ‘burnout’ protection plan built right in,” said Patty.

Over 100 volunteers are participating in the Guild which Patty called a “grass roots effort.” So many volunteers came forward that Patty admitted she had a tough time keeping up with offers. Because Patty copies the lists and mails them to transcribers, the project gives even those who don’t have access to ships’ lists a chance to pitch in. One volunteer is 85 years old. Another lives in Japan. They all are contributing valuable data which isn’t always easily accessible to some researchers.

“When you get a letter from a young mother who elects to remain at home with her four children (children are not welcomed at many National Archives branches or at Family History Centers) and another from someone who is house-bound, their only access being the Internet, and yet another from someone who has made the trip to search through the microfilms only to find that they didn’t any longer have the physical strength to hand-crank those old machines,” said Patty, “you know you are doing something worthwhile.”

What had seemed impossible isn’t at all, according to Patty.

“When people come together who are like-minded and dedicated,” she said, “there isn’t much which is truly impossible.”

 

Lovely Nelly, May 1, 1775: John Grinslaw

 

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Lovely Nelly

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Ship: The Lovely Nelly

Date: 1775 (Departure)(ship’s list dated 1 May, 1775)

Departing: Dumfries, Galloway, Scotland

Arriving: PEI (St John’s Island)

Ship Master: William Sheridan

Ship Type: Snow Class

Columns represent: Register No., Name, Age, Occupation, Gender, Origin, Comments, Destination

72 Robert Douglas Male To be shipped at Whitehave Run away PEI

73 John Grinslaw Male To be shipped at Whitehave Run away PEI

74 Anthony McClilan Male To be shipped at Ballcarry,

Por Kirkcudbright A man of good character PEI

NOTES: “The Lovely Nelly was a Snow class ship built in 1762 at Chepston, South Wales for Captain John Walker and Company, and registered at Whitehaven, England.”

(Pictou ship’s lists, http://www.rootsweb.com/~pictou/lnell1.htm, Nov 97)

Ships list dated 1st May 1775. 1st 66 people on register confirmed by William Graive. Remainder picked up at other places, and so confirmed by the ship’s master, Sheridan.

Document source: Viola Root Cameron, Emigrants from Scotland to America, 1774-1775, Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1976, pp 63-66..

Contributed by Chignecto Project

Reformatted by Sheila Tate for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

25 February 1999

 

Manchester, December 8, 1827: James Grimshaw?

 

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Ship Manchester

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Liverpool, England to New York

8 December 1827

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I William Lee Jr do solemnly, sincerely and truly Affirm that the following List or Manifest of Passengers subscribed with my name, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs for the District of New-York, contains, to the best of my knowledge and belief, a just and true account of all the Passengers received on board the Ship Manchester whereof I am Master, from Liverpool So help me God. [signed:] W^m Lee Jr

Affirmed to, the 8 Dec^r 1827 Before me ?????????? DC

List or Manifest of all Passengers taken on board the Ship Manchester whereof ???????? Lee is Master, from Liverpool Burthen 561 Tons.

Columns represent: “Names.; Age. [Years.; Months.]; Sex.; Occupation.; The Country to which they severally belong.; The Country to which they intend to become inhabitants.; Died on the Voyage.” The columns “(Age) Months” and “Died on the Voyage” have no entries, and are omitted here.

1 Mrs Davis 25 Female none England England

2 Mr And^w Low 40 Male Merchant England England

3 Mr Joseph Burlingham 38 Male Merchant England England

4 Mr J. Wotherspoon 25 Male Merchant England England

5 Mr T. S. McEwen 35 Male Merchant England England

6* Mr Ja^s Grim?ha? 30 Male Merchant England England

7* Mr W^m Boo? 25 Male Merchant United States United States

8* Mr John Cou?ier 24 Male Merchant United States United States

[signed] W^m Lee Jr

Transcriber’s Notes:

The use of an * indicates an omission or error made in the original document or a clarification by this transcriber.

The use of a ? indicates a word or letters that could not be read, due to the quality of the original document.

The use of a caret ^ indicates the following letter has been superscripted and/or indicates possible abbreviation.

The signature attesting to the sworn statement is indecipherable; it is followed by DC which may indicate the Deputy Collector of Customs Passengers were numbered by the transcriber for ease of reference.

Captain: The third instance of the captain’s given name on this list is indecipherable; it is smeared, a possible erasure.

6 The family name probably Grimshaw, but may be Grimchaid or Grimshaig

7 The family name may be Boot, Boob or Book

8 The family name is probably Courier but may be Cousier

National Archives and Records Administration, LDS FHL Film #0002256,

Passenger lists of vessels arriving at New York from Nov 21, 1827 to Jun 30, 1828.

Ship Manchester, Liverpool, December 8, 1827, #815

Transcribed by Carolyn “Cari” McQuaid Thomas a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Proofreading assistance by Diane Nelson

9 October 2003

 

Outaw, March 8, 1842: Henry Grimshaw

 

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Ship Outaw

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Liverpool, England to New York

8 March 1842

List or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the Ship Outaw whereof John Rockett is Master, from Liverpool Burthen Fi?h

Columns represent: Names, Age in Years Months, Sex, Occupation, Country to which they severally belong, Country to which they intend to become inhabitants.

127 Daniel Edward 16 M Farmer Great Britain United States

128 Henry Grimshaw 38 M Farmer Great Britain United States

129 John Roscoe 30 M Farmer Great Britain United States

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 48.

Transcribed by Sherry McQuate a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

4 September 1999

 

Middlesex, May 8, 1855: Thomas Grimshaw

 

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Ship Middlesex

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Liverpool, England to New York, New York

May 8, 1855

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK-PORT OF NEW YORK

I, HR Parmiller do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear that the following List or Manifest of Passengers, subscribed with my name, and now delivered by me to the collector of the Customs for the District of New York, contains, to the best of my knowledge and belief, a just and true account of all the Passengers received on board the Ship Middlesex whereof I am master from Lpool. Sworn to this May 8 1855 Before me (signature cannot be read). So Help Me God (signed) HR Parmiller

List or Manifest OF ALL THE PASSENGERS taken on board the Ship Middlesex whereof Parmiller is Master, from Lpool burthen 1423 tons.

Columns represent: given name, surname, age (yrs), age (months), sex, occupation, country to which they belong, country to which they intend to inhabit, died on voyage.

12* Robt. Constable 2 m England Canada

13 Thomas Grimshaw 11 m Labourer England Illinois

14 Phillip Dobson 20 m Joiner England Illinois

 

Transcribed by Cheri Salz and Ines Mannhardt

members of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

17 April 2004

 

Ashburton, August 28, 1857: Sanuel Grimshaw

 

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Ship Ashburton

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Liverpool, England to New York

August 28, 1857

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, Bradish Master of the do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect list of all the passengers taken on board the said ship at Liverpool from which port said ship has now arrived; and that on said list is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of said passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during passage, the country to which each belongs and also the country of which it is intended by them to become an inhabitant; and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said passengers who have died on said voyage, and the ages of those who died.

So help me God. (Signed) W. J. Bradish.

Sworn to this 28 August 1857, Before me (signature cannot be read).

List or Manifest Of All The Passengers taken on board the Ship Ashburton whereof W. J. Bradish is Master, from Liverpool burthen 1015 tons.

Columns represent: Name, Age, Sex, Occupation, country to which they severally belong, Country of which they intend to become inhabitants and Location of compartment or space occupied.

Please scroll to view all columns.

311 Richard Dinneen 33y M Mariner Ireland United States Between Deck

312 Sanual Grimshaw 32y M Hatter England United States Between Deck

313 Luke Ellor 29y M Hatter England United States Between Deck

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 178, List 1027.

Transcribed by Peggy Schell for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

23 October 2000

 

S.S. City of Baltimore, September 29, 1859: Thomas Grimshaw, John Grimshaw

 

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SS City of Baltimore

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Liverpool to New York

29 September, 1859

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, Robert Feitch Master of the SS City of Baltimore do solemnly, sincerely and truly (left blank)* that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect List of all the Passengers taken on board the said City of Baltimore at Liverpool from which port the said City of Baltimore has now arrived; and that on said List is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of said passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by each to become an inhabitant; and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said Passengers who have died on said Voyage, and the names and ages of those who died. So help me God. (Signed) Robert Feitch Sworn to this 27 Sept 1859, Before me (Signature cannot be read)

List or Manifest OF ALL THE PASSENGERS taken on board the SS City of Baltimore whereof Robert Feitch is Master, From Liverpool Via Cork burthen 237? tons.

Columns represent: Name, Age Sex, Occupation, The country to which they severally belong, The country in which they intend to become inhabitants, Part of the Vessel occupied by each passenger during the voyage.

163 James Cooper 21 M Mechanic England United States Main Steerage

164 Thomas Grimshaw 27 M Mechanic England United States Main Steerage

165 John Grimshaw 32 M Mechanic England United States Main Steerage

166 Elizth Rostoran 33 F Wife England United States Main Steerage

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 195.

Transcribed by Carol Leonard for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

20 May 1999

 

Jeremiah Thompson, May 28, 1864: Mrs George Grimshaw

 

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Ship Jeremiah Thompson

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Page 3 of 3

Liverpool, England to New York

28 May 1864

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, Charles H Blake, Master of the Ship Jeremiah Thompson, do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect List of all the Passengers taken on board the said Ship Ship Jeremiah Thompson at Liverpool, from which port the said ship has now arrived; and that on said List is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of said passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by each to become an inhabitant; and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said Passengers who have died on said Voyage, and the names and ages of those who died. So help me God. (signed) Chas H Blake.

Sworn to this May 28, 1864, before me, (signature not legible)

List or Manifest of all the passengers taken on board the Ship Jeremiah Thompson, whereof Chas H Blake is Master, from Liverpool, burthen 1818 55/95 tons.

Columns represent: Names, Age (years/months), Sex, Occupation, Country to which each passenger belongs, and the part of the vessel each passenger occupied. The destination for each passenger is United States; that column is omitted. There is one death listed on this voyage; passenger 875, Michael Kelly, an infant died May 15th.

914 Mr John G McCorkle 18 M Clerk Great Britain Cabin

915 Mrs George Grimshaw 35 F United States Cabin

916 Miss S J Mulligan 33 F United States Cabin

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 241, List 461.

Transcribed by Janice Peterson a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

10 October 2003

 

Pennsylvania, March 1, 1865: Noah and Eliz. Greenshaw, Mary and Alice Grimshaw

Noah and Elizabeth Grimshaw (both age 33) are recorded in the 1870 U.S. Census living in Trenton, NJ with daughters Mary E (age 10) and Ellen J Grimshaw (age 7). It is not known if the error in the younger daughter’s name occurred in this immigration record or in the later census record.

 

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Steamer Pennsylvania

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Liverpool, England to New York

1 March 1865

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, Fred Grogan, Master of the Steamer Pennsylvania do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect list of all the passengers taken on board of the said Steamer at Liverpool from which port said Steamer has now arrived; and that on said list is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of the said passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by each to become an inhabitant; and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said passengers who have died on said voyage, and the names and ages of those who have died.

Sworn to this 1 March 1865, before me (signature illegible). So help me God. (signed) F Grogan

List or Manifest OF ALL THE PASSENGERS taken on board the S S Pennsylvania whereof Fred Grogan is Master, from Liverpool via Queenstown, burthen 2415 tons.

Columns represent: passenger name, age, sex, occupation, and the country to which they severally belong. The destination for each passenger is the United States; that column has been omitted. There were no deaths listed for this voyage.

Steerage Passengers:

206 Herbert Radford infant m infant Great Britian

207 Noah Greenshaw 26 m labourer Great Britian

208 Eliz^ Greenshaw 26 f wife Great Britian

209 S Tortehill 22 m labourer Great Britian

210 Mary Grimshaw 6 f child Great Britian

211 Alice Grimshaw 3 f child Great Britian

212 Robt Tortehill 2 m child Great Britian

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 249, List 117.

Transcribed by Janice Peterson a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

17 October 2005

 

S.S. Atlantic, October 10, 1871: Jane Grimshaw, Isabella Grimshaw

 

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SS Atlantic

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Liverpool, England to New York

October 10, 1871

DISTRICT OF New York – PORT OF New York

I, H. H. Perry, master of “Atlantic” do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect List of all the Passengers taken on board of the said Steamer ________ at Liverpool from which Port said Steamer ______ has now arrived; and that on the said List is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of the said Passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by each to become an inhabitant; and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said Passsengers who have died on said voyage, and the names and ages of those who have died.

Signed Hamilton Perry

So Help me, God. Sworn to this October 10 1871 before me ???

List or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the SS Atlantic whereof H?P, is master, from Liverpool burthen 2366 tons.

Columns represent: Numbers (added by transcriber), Names, Age, Sex, Occupation, Country to which they belong, Country which they intend to inhabit, Accommodation.

77 Sarah Pyler 50 F Spinster Ireland United States Steerage

78 Jane Grimshaw 24 F Wife England United States Steerage

79 Isabella Grimshaw 4 F Child England United States Steerage

80 Sarah Brook 50 F Wife Ireland United States Steerage

signed: Hamilton Perry

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 349.

Page 1 (passengers 1-39) generously contributed by Leroy Edwards

Rest of manifest contributed and transcribed by Sheila Tate a member of the

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5 April 2005

 

S.S. Oceanic, September 28, 1874: Mrs S.A. Grimshaw, Miss Grimshaw, Master Grimshaw



 

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SS Oceanic

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Liverpool to New York via Queenstown, Ireland

28 September 1874

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, J.W. Jennings, Master of the SS Oceanic, do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect list of all the Passengers taken on board the said Steamer Oceanic at Liverpool and Queenstown from which Ports said Steamer Oceanic has now arrived; and that on the said List is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of the said Passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by each to become an inhabitant; and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said Passengers who died on said voyage, and the nmes nd ages of those who have died. So help me, God. Sworn to this Sept. 28 1874 before me, R. J. Wyman C* (signed) J. W. Jennings.

List or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the SS Oceanic whereof J.W. Jennings is master, from Liverpool & Queenstown, burthen 2350 tons.

Columns represent: Names, Age (years and months), Sex, Occupation, Country to which they severally belong, Country of which they intend to become inhabitants, Died on the Voyage, Part of the vessel occupied by each Passenger during the Voyage. (TranscriberÕs Note: no one died on the voyage so that column has been deleted)

Queenstown

432 Mr H. W. A. Beale 45 m gent England United States cabin

433 Mrs S. A. Grimshaw 44 f wife U.S.America United States cabin

434 Miss Grimshaw 22 f spinster U.S.America United States cabin

435 Master Grimshaw 7 m child U.S.America United States cabin

436 Mr S. Chester 38 m gent U.S.America United States cabin

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 383, List 1051.

Transcribed by Barbara Archer and reviewed by Carl A. Crother members of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

1 October 1999, reviewed on 6 November 2002

 

RMS Abyssinia, May 1, 1878: William C Grimshaw?

 

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RMS Abyssinia

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Liverpool, England to New York

1 May 1878

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, Michael Murphy, Master of the R.M.S. Abyssinia do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect List of all the Passengers taken on board of the said ship at Liverpool from which Port said ship has now arrived; and that on the said List is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of the said Passnegers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by each to become an inhabitant, and that said List or Manifest truly set forth the number of said Passenger who had died on said voyage, and the names and ages of those who had died. So help me God. M. Murphy

Sworn to this May, 1st, 1878 before me ????????

List or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the R.M.S. Abyssinia whereof M. Murphy is Master, from Liverpool burthen 2159 tons.

Columns represent: Name, Age, Sex, Occupation, the country to which they severally belong, the country of which they intend to become Inhabitants. Two columns have been eliminated; Died on Voyage and part of vessel each occupied. This information is covered in the Transcriber’s Notes below.

10 Jane Tefley 20 F Spinster England USA

11* Willm C Grims??and 17 M Lab Sweden USA

12* Abe? Crowther 35 M Cotton Spinner England USA

Transcriber’s Notes:

# 11 – Perhaps-Grimsteand-Grimstrand-Grimsbrans, Remote chance it’s Grimshaw

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 412.

Transcribed by Linda Hoelscher for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Reviewed by Al O’Brien a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

19 September 2000

 

S.S. City of Brussels, September 20, 1878: Jonathan Grimshaw, Sallie Grimshaw

 

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SS City of Brussels

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Liverpool, England to New York

20 September 1878

Anchor Line of Transatlantic Steam Packet Ships

DISTRICT OF NEW-YORK – PORT OF NEW-YORK

I, Fredrick Watkins, Master of the SS City Of Brussels do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear, that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect List of all the passengers taken on Board the said SS City of Brussels at Liverpool, from which port the said SS City of Brussels has now arrived; and that on said List is truly designated the age, the sex and the occupation of each of said passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which is is intended by each to become an inhabitant, and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said Passengers who have died on said Voyage and the names and ages of those who died: Fredrick Watkins, So Help me God. Sworn to this 20 Sept 1878, Before me _____, List or Manifest of All The Passengers taken on board the SS City of Brussels whereof Fredrick Watkins is Master from _______ burthen 2434 tons.

The following is a transcription of the Passenger List for the SS CITY of BRUSSELS,sailing from Liverpool to the Port of New York, 20 September 1878, Fredrick Watkins, Master.

Columns represent: Name, age, sex, occupation, country to which they belong, country which they intend to inhabit and accommodation aboard ship.

58 FR?TZELL, Robert 23 M Merchant US US Cabin

59 GRIMSHAW, Jonathon 26 M Merchant US US Cabin

60 GRIMSHAW, Sallie 27 F Spinister US US Cabin

61 GATELY, Daniel 50 M Merchant US US Cabin

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 415, List 1005.

Transcribed by Eileen M. Roe for the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

13 October 1998

 

S.S. Arizona, May 17, 1880: Mary Grimshaw; Samuel, Harry, Emma, and Mary Grimshaw



This family was apparently that of James Grimshaw of Patterson, NJ, which was documented in the 1880 U.S. Census. The companion webpage describes the census record as follows:

The second [census] record is for the family of James (George’s younger brother) and Mary Grimshaw. Sixty-year-old James and 56-year-old Mary are the heads of a family with four children – Alfred, age 21; Samuel, 18; Harry, 16; and Emma, 13. James and his three sons are all shown as “weavers.”

 

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SS Arizona

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Liverpool, England via Queenstown, Ireland to New York

17 May 1880

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, George S. Murray, Master of the SS Arizona do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of New York, is a full and perfect list of all the passengers taken on board of the said SS Arizona at Liverpool and Queenstown from which ports said Arizona has now arrived; and that on said list is truly designated the age, the sex, and the occupation of each of said passengers, the part of the vessel occupied by each during the passage, the country to which each belongs, and also the country of which it is intended by each to become an inhabitant; and that said List or Manifest truly sets forth the number of said passengers who have died on said voyage, and the names and ages of those who died. So help me God. (signed) ?.S. Murray. Sworn to this 17 May 1880. (signed) R???????.

List or Manifest OF ALL THE PASSENGERS taken on board the SS Arizona whereof George S. Murray is Master, from Liverpool via Queenstown burthen 2928 tons.

Columns represent: NAMES, AGE, SEX, OCCUPATION, The country to which they severally belong, The country in which they intend to become inhabitants, Died on the voyage, Part of the vessel occupied by each passenger during the voyage.

968 Mary Grimshaw 55 F Wife England US of Am. Steerage

969 Samuel Grimshaw 18 M Lab England US of Am. Steerage

970 Harry Grimshaw 16 M Lab England US of Am. Steerage

971 Emma Grimshaw 11 F Child England US of Am. Steerage

972 Mary Grimshaw F Infant England US of Am. Steerage

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 426, List 561.

Transcribed by Regan Kanaley a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

January 23, 2000

 

Aorangi, November 29, 1883: Joshua Grimshaw

 

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Ship Aorangi

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London to Unknown Arrival Port

November 29, 1883

Columns represent: Surname, Title, Given Name, Accommodation

W.A. Hughes – Captain

173 Greg Miss. Mary Third Cabin

174 Grimshaw Mr. Joshua Third Cabin

175 Haphway Mr. Third Cabin

Found in the Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

Contributed by David Simm

Formatted by Sheila Tate for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

22 June 1999

 

S.S. Scythia, July 23, 1886: Ann Grimshaw?, Joshua Grimshaw?

 

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SS Scythia

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Liverpool, England to Boston, Ma

23 July 1886

DISTRICT OF BOSTON – PORT OF BOSTON

I, Thomas Roberts Master of the SS Scythia do solemnly, and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of Boston is a full and perfect List of all the passengers taken on board the said vessel at Liverpool Queenstown from which ports the said vessel has now arrived; and that are on the said list are truly designated the age sex and calling of each of the said passengers, the location of the compartment or space occupied by each during the passage, the country of the citizenship of each, and also the destination or location intended by each; and that the said List or Manifest sets forth the number of the said passengers who have died on the said voyage, and the dates and causes of death, and the names and ages of those who died; also of the pieces of luggage of each; also a true statement, so far as it can be ascertained, with reference to the intention of each alien passenger as to a protracted sojourn in this country. So help me God.

Sworn to at Boston this 23 day of July 1886 before me (signature too difficult to make out) List or Manifest of ALL Passengers taken on board the S.S. Scythia whereof Thomas Roberts is Master, from Liverpool Queenstown burthen 2900 tons.

Columns represent: Name of passenger, age, sex, occupation, native of what country and part of ship they were in.

SCYTHIA 2900 T0NS

ARRIVED BOSTON 23 JL 86

THOMAS ROBERTS MASTER

LIVERPOOL QUEENSTOWN

SWORN BEFORE (INDISTG.) INTEND. CAUSE

DEST. OF

46 Thomas Dunn 1 M Infant England Mass #2 Comp Steer

47 Ann Gre?Nishaw(Rd?) 28 F Married England Mass #2 Comp Steer

48 Joshua Gre?Nishaw(Rd?) 9mo M Infant England Mass #2 Comp Steer

49 John Green 37 M Farmer England Wis #2 Comp Steer

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M277, Reel 101.

Transcribed and Donated by Joseph Gregory with help from his nephew D.F. Franks

For the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

March 30, 2000

 

S.S. Colon, November 13, 1888: Grimshaw

 

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SS Colon

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Aspinwall USC/Panama to New York

13 November 1888

DISTRICT OF NEW YORK – PORT OF NEW YORK

I, F. Henderson, master of the Am SS Colon do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of Customs of the Collection District of the City of New York, is a full and perfect list of all the passengers taken on board the said vessel at Aspinwall U.S.C. from which port said vessel has now arrived; and that on said list is truly designated the age, the sex, country of citizenship, native country, location of compartment or space occupied, intended destination or location, number of pieces of baggage, and date and cause of death of passengers, as required by the Passenger Act of 1882; also a true statement, so far as it can be ascertained, with reference to the intention of each alien passenger as to a protracted sojourn in this country.

So help me God, (signed) F. Henderson. Sworn to this Nov 13 1888, before me Thos J. Dunn Deputy Collector.

List or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the Am S.S. “Colon” whereof F. Henderson is Master, from Aspinwall U.S.C., burthen 1843 50/100 tons.

Columns represent: Passenger number, Names, Age, Sex, Calling, The Country of which they are citizens., Native Country, Intended destination or location, Citizens, Visitors or Immigrants, Number of pieces of baggage., Port of Embarkation.

Forward Cabin

53 D. Hogan 33 Male Carpenter Canada Canada Visitor 2 San Fransisco

54 S. Grimshaw 29 Male Merchant England England Visitor 2 San Fransisco

55 C. Becker 43 Male Cigar Maker Germany Germany Visitor 2 San Fransisco

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M237, Reel 527, List 1537.

Transcribed by Kathy McGee a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

5 March 2002

 

S.S. Samaria, August 18, 1890: Arthur Grimshan

 

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SS Samaria

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Liverpool, England via Queenstown, Ireland to Boston

18 August 1890

DISTRICT OF BOSTON AND CHARLESTOWN – PORT OF BOSTON

I, Thomas Hewitson Master of the Steam Ship Samaria do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that the following List or Manifest, subscribed by me, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs of the Collection District of Boston, is a full and perfect List of all the passengers taken on board the said vessel at Liverpool + Queenstown from which ports said vessel has now arrived; and that on said list is truly designated the age, sex, calling of each of the said passengers, location of compartment or space occupied by each during the passage, the country of the citizenship of each, and also the destination or location intended by each; and that the said List or manifest truly sets forth the number of the said passengers who have died on the said voyage, and dates and causes of death, and the names and ages of those who died ; also of the pieces of baggage of each; also a true statement, so far as it can be ascertained, with reference to the intention of each alien passenger as to a protracted sojourn in this country. So help me God.

Sworn to at Boston this 18th day of Aug 1890, before me (*unreadable).

List or Manifest Of All The Passengers taken on board the S.S. Samaria whereof Thomas Hewitson is Master, from Liverpool + Queenstown burthen 1626 tons.

Columns represent: No., Names, Age, Sex, Calling, The Country of which they are Citizens, Intended Destination or Location, (*Date and Cause of Death), Location of compartment or space occupied, Number of pieces of Baggage, (*Transient, or in Transit, or intending protracted sojourn).

Please Scroll to view all columns.

15 John Pearson 24 M Labr England Mass Fore Peake 1

16* Arthur Grimshan 3? M Labr England Mass Fore Peake 1

17* Thomas Ha?pton ?4 M Vet USA San Francisco Fore Peake 1

National Archives and Records Administration, Film M277, Reel 112, List 228.

Transcribed by Edward Molloy a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

11 November 2000

 

S.S. Ivernia, October 18, 1905: Annie Grimshaw, Martha Grimshaw, Laura Grimshaw



 

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SS Ivernia

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Liverpool, England and Queensland, Ireland to Boston, MA

October 18, 1905

PORT OF BOSTON

I, W. T. Turner, Master of the Ivernia, from Liverpool, do solemnly, sincerely and truly swear that I have caused the surgeon of said vessel sailing therewith, or the surgeon employed by the owners thereof, to make a physical and oral examination of each and all of the aliens named in the foregoing Lists or Manifest Sheets, 30 in number, and that from the report of said surgeon and from my own investigation, I believe that no one of said aliens is an idiot, or insane person, or a pauper, or is likely to become a public charge, or is suffering from a loathsome or a dangerous contagious disease, or is a person who has been convicted of a felony or other crime or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or a polygamist, or an anarchist, or under promise or agreement express or implied, to perform labor in the United States, or a prostitute, and that also according to the best of my knowledge and belief, the information in said Lists or Manifests concerning each of said aliens named therein is correct and true in every respect.

Sworn to before me this 18 day of October 1905 at Boston, F.W. Quinn, Immigration Officer.

I, Reginald Gordon, Surgeon of the Ivernia, Sailing therewith, do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that I have had 4 years experience as a Physician and Surgeon, and that I am entitled to practice as such by and under the authority of M.B. Ch.B. Manchester, and that I have made a personal examination of each of the aliens named herein, and that the foregoing Lists or Manifests Sheets, 30 in number, are according to the best of my knowledge and belief, full, correct, and true in all particulars, relative to the mental and physical condition of such aliens.

List or Manifest of all the Passengers taken on board the S.S. Ivernia, whereof W.T. Turner, is Master, from Liverpool and Queenstown, England.

Columns represent: surname and given name, age, sex, marital status, occupation, nationality, race, last residence, final destination, name of relative and address if known.

158 Godsell Mary 54 f m Wife USA Quincy, Mass Home Quincy Point,Mass

159 Grimshaw Annie 55 f m Wife USA English Woonsocket RI Home Woonsocket, RI

253 Groome Anna L 30 f s Waitress England English Lincoln NY Friend Mrs.Siely New York

254 Grimshaw Martha 36 f m Wife England English Shipley Cleveland, Ohio Husband J. Grimshaw

255 Grimshaw Laura 18 f s Weaver England English Shipley Cleveland, Ohio J. Grimshaw

256 Griffiths Hannah 42 f m Wife England English Rochdale, England Providence, RI Husband T. Griffiths

National Archives and Records Administration, Film T843 , Reel 88 .

Contributed and Transcribed by Judi Clermont , a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

3 November 1999

 

S.S. Canada, October 22, 1910: Mr and Mrs Harold Grimshaw

 

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SS Canada

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Page 4 of 10

From Liverpool, England to Quebec and Montreal, Canada

22 October 1910

Fowler, Mrs. F.

Fransen, Miss H.

Fraser, Mrs. D.M.

Fraser, Miss Jean

Fraser, Miss Marjorie

Galvin, Mr. P.

Galvin, Miss K.

Gaynor, Miss Agnes

Gibson, Miss Agnes M.

Gibson, Miss Sarah

Girdley, Miss

Gore, Miss Frances

Gosselin, Mrs. G.

Goulden, Miss

Gray, Mr. Charles L.

Gray, Mrs.

Green, Mr. W.

Grimshaw, Mr. Harold

Grimshaw, Mrs.

Grunnah, Miss Mary

Gustafson, Miss Beda M.

Hall, Mrs. S.A.

Hall, Miss Emily

Halpin, Mr. John J.

Hamilton, Mr. John S.

Hampson, Mr. Joe

Hampson, Mrs.

Hand, Mrs. R.

Hand, Miss Irene

Souvenir passenger booklet of voyage

Contributed by Terrance Edwards

for the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

11 November 2003

 

RMS Lusitania, May 1, 1915: A Grinshaw

 

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RMS Lusitania

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New York to Liverpool, England

Departed May 1, 1915

sank by German torpedo on May 7, 1915 off the coast of Ireland

sank in 18 minutes

The death account of this action ranges from 1,195 to 1,201 people – only 764 were to be saved; 123 of them American.

The article entitled “Complete List of Passengers on Lost Lusitania and of The Known Members of Her Crew” on page 4 states that the total number of persons on board was 1,918, of whom 1,253 were passengers and 665 were members of the crew.

The official analysis of missing and survivors issued by the Cunard Steamship Company on 1 March 1916, listed 1,195 missing (178 first class, 374 second and 239 third and 404 crew members) and 764 survivors (113 first class, 227 second and 134 third, and 290 crew members).

New York Times May 8, 1915

List of passenger/crew names and where they were from (if available)

GRIGERIAN, Maylun

GRINSHAW, A. Brooklyn, New York

GRINSTED, S. Cyril

Compiled from different sources including newspaper accounts

Donated and Transcribed by Sheila Tate for the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

17 August 2001

 

Empress of Canada, November 8, 1947: Mrs F Grimshaw

 

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Empress of Canada

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Page 2 of 3 (First Class, Tourist Class, & Officers)

Montreal, Quebec, Canada to Liverpool, England

Saturday, November 8, 1947

Tourist Class

383 Mr. W. G. Greig

384 Mrs. F. Grimshaw

385 Mrs. P. V. Gull

Contributed and transcribed by Ines Mannhardt, a member of the

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

9 April 2003

 

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild FAQs

 

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FAQ

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This FAQ is for those wishing to know who we are, what we do, and how we do it. If you are reading this it is assumed you are just hearing about our group and that you are at least interested in learning about us. It is particularly our hope that in telling you the following information we may get to meet you as one of our new volunteers. If nothing else, we do wish to let people know about us and that there now are immigrant ships’ passenger lists online at our web page. They are free to all who have access to the internet.

If you have any comments or additions, or would like to suggest further topics to be included, please contact the appropriate staff member listed on the Contacts page. We regret that we do not have the staff or the resources to answer individual requests for specific information on your ancestors.

Copyright and Disclaimer

Copyright © 1998-2003 by The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild. All rights reserved.

This document may be freely redistributed in its entirety without modification provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not be sold for profit or incorporated in commercial documents without the prior written permission of the copyright holder. Permission is expressly granted for this document to be made available for file transfer from installations offering unrestricted anonymous file transfer on the Internet.

This document is provided AS IS without any expressed or implied warranty.

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Questions Discussed

General Interest

1. Who are we?

2. Where do I get on-line information and guidance?

3. Are there any other sources?

4. What about the data from other organizations?

5. How do I get the latest version of the FAQ?

6. What is ISTG-L?

7. How do I become a volunteer?

8. Ok, I am a volunteer, now what?

9. How do I get a passenger list to transcribe?

10. How much does it cost?

11. What do I do once I have a list to transcribe?

12. How do I actually type the list?

13. How do I send my document?

14. When will I see my passenger list on the website?

15. I’m done! What if I Wanna do another list?

Surname List

1. What is the Surname List? When do I type it and send it?

Answers

General Interest

1. Who are we?

We are the “Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild” aka “ISTG”. We were founded by a small group of people in late September of 1998. Today, we have over 500 volunteers who work diligently to decipher and transcribe passenger lists which are then uploaded to our website.

2. Where can I get online information and guidance?

For the foreseeable future, it is likely that much of the information you will need will be found only in books, or on microfilm or microfiche in the various libraries, archives and record offices. Do not expect to be able to restrict your research just to data that is available to you on-line. The ISTG Compass can guide you in your search for your ancestors.

3. Are there any other sources?

Yes and no. Our organization was started because this sort of information
was scarce and/or expensive to obtain. There are some sites on the internet
that have full and partial passenger lists of the immigrant ships. They
usually deal only with the webmaster of that site’s personal family however.
Some genealogists have full lists on their sites as well. The ISTG Compass can
help you locate other sites with this information. Also, if you should find in
you own searchings, a ship’s passenger list that isn’t noted on our site,
please let us know so we can contact the transcriber about linking to his/her
page. Email Sheila Tate, our Production Coordinator.

4. What about the Family History Centers?

The pre-eminent source of genealogical information is in the Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). There is no on-line access to this immense library, but there are branches of this library in many towns and cities throughout the world. You would be well advised to seek out your nearest branch of this library and pay it an early visit. Each center is staffed by volunteers who are most helpful.

5. How do I get the latest version of the FAQ?

We would like to be able to say that the latest version of the FAQ will always be found on this page, but in reality minor modifications will appear on ISTG-L first.

6. What is ISTG-L? About the mailing list.

According to one of Rootsweb’s FAQs on mail lists, “…Mailing lists are remarkably simple beasties: you send a piece of e-mail to the list’s address, and the list retransmits that message to everyone who is subscribed.” We at ISTG wholeheartedly agree with this notion. We also thank Rootsweb for making it this way for all of us with their Mail List software. The ISTG mailing list is a closed list. What we mean by closed is that only our volunteers can be subscribed to it. Once someone is set up as an ISTG volunteer they are auto-subscribed to and given the email address to the ISTG-L. Please do not attempt to subscribe to this list as you will be unable to do so.

7. How do I become a volunteer?

So the above sounds good to you. You want to be a volunteer, but don’t know what to do next…that’s easy, continue to read this FAQ. Please be patient, this work requires a great deal of it. You should also note: The ships are distributed randomly, specific ship requests need to be coordinated through the Research Team. Before going to and completing the application, read the rest of the FAQ and it would also help you to read the tutorials. This way you will know everything you need to know about who, what, when, where, and how we do things within the project. The typing is the easiest part of this work. The deciphering can be difficult and you will probably require a good magnifying glass. One thing you should know is that this work carries with it certain responsibilities. You are required to be subscribed to the mailing list and you are required to read it! We cannot keep volunteers informed of changes on an individual basis. You are responsible for your ship from the time it arrives at your mailbox until it is on the website and error free. You are responsible for reading and conforming to the instructions we have set forth in the tutorials. You must be responsible for providing the most accurate transcription you can produce and setting down in your transcriber’s notes an explanation of all information which is difficult to read, offering to the researcher all the help you can offer. While we do not claim to be professionals, we strive to produce quality work. You are also responsible for keeping the copy of the manifests you work on and for returning them to the Guild in the event you leave. This work can be difficult at times and these responsibilities must be taken seriously. After you send in your application by email, please make a copy of it and keep it for further instructions from our New Volunteer Coordinators.

8. OK I am a volunteer, now what?

As a typist/keyboardist you already know your basics. You probably already know some word processing program as well since you have volunteered for this project. However, if you still use the “hunt and peck” method, that is okay too. In this FAQ however, my goal is to tell you how you will go about the process of getting a list from us, how we need that list formated into the computer and then back to us so we can get it onto the Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild’s web page. Don’t worry, it sounds scarier than it really is.

9. How do I get a passenger list to transcribe?

Most of our volunteers transcribe lists which are mailed to them. Lists should be requested only on Friday by sending an email to the Guild coordinator. Keep it short, put “need ship” in the subject line and include your complete name and mailing address in the request. Also include any language expertise or familiarity you have. Requests are then compiled over the weekend, copied and mailed the following week via snail mail (postal service) to your home, business, or p.o. box address as you prefer. If you are able, you can get your own list to type up at your nearest library or NARA facility. If this is what you would like to do, you need to email the Guild’s coordinator, Patty MacFarlane and set up with her what list you are getting so that she makes sure it is: 1. Not already done. 2. Not being done. 3. Won’t be done by anyone else since you are now doing it. She also needs to be sure you are not working from material which is copyright protected and she will need a copy of the list before it will be added to our website.

10. How much does it cost?

We are trying to keep the cost at a minimum. We feel that the ISTG should offer the passenger lists we have placed on the net free of charge to anyone who can reach our web page. Unfortunately there is a cost in copying a passenger list from the original microfilm and then again in mailing it to the volunteer typist. For many lists this is minimal between one and five dollars. We as a project in its infancy cannot possibly handle the costs that this entails. Thus, it is our gracious volunteers at this point that take on the costs. It is sad that we have to do this, but at this time there is no other way. If you have a budget constraint just let us know in a private email that you would be willing to type a list, but cannot afford a cost more than a given amount. No one but you and the coordinator will know of the arrangement. Otherwise, once you get your list in the mail, you need to send us back the cost of getting the list to you as soon as possible. It is the only way we have the funds to copy and mail new lists to other volunteers. Also, because time and effort does go into getting a list out, we request that you add one or two dollars. For example, a list that cost us $0.35 per page to copy, times 3 pages, plus the postage of about $0.34 to mail to you will cost a total of $1.39, so you would add a dollar or two and send $3.39. The extra dollars help with the cost of supplies such as envelopes, mailing tape, paper and ink cartridges beyond what the coordinator would normally use personally.

11. What do I do once I have a list to transcribe?

Once you get your passenger list you will need to look it over carefully. Possibly even ask someone else to look at it to see if they can read things on it which you cannot. DO NOT GUESS AT OR CORRECT ANYTHING YOU SEE WRITTEN ON THE PASSENGER LIST. This is VERY important. We do not care about how the words on the list are spelled. That is a sign of the times of our ancestors. Ship’s crew members were not always qualified to be doing something such as taking down names of those aboard. This helps to preserve the historical quality of the list.

12. How do I actually type the list?

You will type the passenger list document on the computer in Notepad, WordPad, or Simple Text. You don’t need any fancy programs. It also is not worth the kilabytes it takes to save those files with all the unnecessary information needed to make the file look exactly like what you typed in. Besides, we do not have any need for all the frills those programs have. We can only use plain text. You will find that most of your questions will be answered in the tutorials section.

13. How do I send my document?

You will send your finished document either by pasting it into an email or by attaching it to an email as a file.

14. When will I see my passenger list on the website?

That will depend on the volume of work we have coming in when you submit it. There is really no way to say for certain but a week or two should be expected. You keep the list you just typed in case anyone reading it has questions that only you can answer. Your name in the credit at the bottom of the list will be linked to an email to you, so if the researcher clicks on your name, an email to you opens up and he/she can send you their questions. They will probably be simple questions about any names which contain question marks. You might be asked if the question mark represents a letter which is a vowel, or which falls below the line, nothing too complicated.

15. I’m done! What if I Wanna do another list?

You’re done! Want another list? Just let the coordinator know you would like to transcribe another list and one will be mailed to you.

Surname Lists

1a. What is the Surname List? When do I type it and send it?

A surname list is one which you also type containing the last names, first names of the passengers on your list and their passenger number. This list also includes the last name of the Captain and other crew members if they are listed. On ships arriving after 1900 there are sometimes other people mentioned on the manifest, relatives of the passengers, friends, etc., these names are also added to this list and the passenger number they are referred under. The surnames must be typed in all CAPS and in alphabetical order and sent in a separate email at the time you send your passenger list. We need this list because our website is searchable by surname.

After you have been contacted by our New Volunteer Coordinator, print your application, sign it, and mail to:

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

PO Box 461054

Aurora, Colorado 80046 and mark it to the attention of the New Volunteer Coordinator.

 

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