Genes Reunited Releases Ship Passenger Records Online
Released on: June 20, 2011, 4:56 pm
Industry: Consumer Services
Genes Reunited, the family history website, has announced that
people will now be able to view passenger lists online. The lists
include people onboard ships departing British ports for long-distance
voyages across the world from 1890 to 1960.
The passenger records offer a range of information from simply the passenger's name and age, to much more
detailed information; the departure and destination ports, the ship's name, date of
travel as well as actual descriptions of the passengers themselves, such as, UK
address, year of birth, marital status, occupation and nationality. Through these
records it is possible to find some truly unique information about ancestors who
As well as the range of detail that can be found in these records, there are also
some famous names which can be discovered, in particular Hollywood royalty such as a
two year old Elizabeth Taylor, a 56 year old Alfred Hitchcock, a 22 year old Audrey
Hepburn and finally a four year old Olivia Newton-John who was on her way from
London to Australia.
The passenger records cover the period of mass migration to Australia between 1947
and 1960 when an estimated 710,000 people travelled there from Great Britain. This
'golden age' of migration to Australia was prompted by the launch of the
Government's 'Ten Pound Pom' scheme to encourage Britons to emigrate to Australia
and enhance the nation’s skilled workforce driving its economy forwards.
Similarly to today, the records reveal a high number of retirees also travelled to
Australia to spend the rest of their lives in the sun, with 17,385 retirees
emigrating from the UK during the 1950s. Furthermore, 140,511 housewives travelled
to Australia in the same decade. The records also show that there were 58 divorcees
and 215 widowers listed who may have journeyed to the country to make a fresh start.
Rhoda Breakell, head of Genes Reunited, commented: "The wealth of passenger list
records now available on Genes Reunited is an invaluable resource for people tracing
relatives they believe may have left the UK from 1890 onwards. The passenger
records may very well provide a missing link for many family historians who have hit
a brick wall in their research, as well as helping those outside of the UK to trace
back to their British and European heritage."
The easily-searchable and user-friendly database on the family history site will enable would-be genealogists and family
historians alike to view digitised images of the original ship passenger records
online, which contain over 1.1 million pages, listing the 24 million passengers who
travelled on long-distance journeys from UK ports.
About Genes Reunited:
Genes Reunited was launched in 2003 as a sister-site to the Internet phenomenon
Friends Reunited. Since then it has grown to become the UK’s largest genealogy
It marked a revolution in genealogy and ancestry by combining them with Internet
social-networking. Members are able to build their family tree by posting it on the
site and investigating which ancestors they share with other members. They can also
search historical records such as census, death, marriage, military and birth
Genes has over 11 million members and over 750 million names listed. One new name is
added to the site every single second.
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