Passenger Lists, Inward
1878-1888 and 1890-1960
These list ALL passengers arriving in Britain where the ship's voyage began outside Europe, Britain and the Mediterranean Sea. Names of passengers who boarded these ships at European ports and disembarked in Britain WILL be included in these lists. Passenger lists for ships whose voyages both began and ended within Europe (including the British Isles and the Mediterranean Sea) are not included - this means that there are NO lists showing migrants arriving in Britain on cross-Channel ferries, Irish Sea ferries or short-haul feeder ships crossing the North Sea from Russia, Scandinavia and other countries in Europe. If your passengers were using Great Britain as a stepping stone to take them to the ocean going steamers from Liverpool, London, Southampton and other British ports, turn to the section for transmigrant records.
Note that the collection of lists between 1878 and 1888 is very small. Apart from one list for the ss City of Rome bound for Liverpool, these relate only to sailings from Boston and New York to Queenstown (Ireland). The continuous run begins in 1890.
British inbound lists may contain less information than some overseas counterparts. But for those hoping to find passengers leaving the United States and Canada, they are the ONLY way of finding passengers, as those countries have no outbound lists. For South Africa, New Zealand and other ports en route, British arrivals lists are the ONLY records available. Note that these records are not immigration records. Although they contain little biographical information they do list ALL passengers regardless of their reason for travel.
These lists are unindexed and there are no useful finding aids. It is important to have a reasonably good idea of when your passengers sailed if you are to have any realistic chance of finding them on a passenger list.