BETWEEN 1830 and 1930, more than 9m emigrants sailed from Liverpool bound for a new life in the United States, Canada or Australia.Liverpool was probably the most important emigration port in world history. It was a huge industry, with emigrants coming from as far away as Russia or Scandinavia. A lot of people come here looking for their family trees, especially Americans. They regard Liverpool as a very special place in their family history.
For much of this period Liverpool was, by far, the most important port of departure, until the late 19th century when emigrants increasingly came from the countries of southern and eastern Europe.
Unfortunately, no records of these passengers passing through Liverpool exist for much of this period. The National Archives holds passenger lists of vessels travelling inwards to and outwards from British ports, including Liverpool, from the 1890s onwards. However, there is no index to the records, either by name or by ship.
Although no official records of emigrants survive in Liverpool, the Maritime Archives & Library, National Museums Liverpool, holds examples of personal records of emigrants such as voyage diaries and letters, which give an idea of the conditions experienced by those leaving Britain to start a new life.
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