Names of fellow passengers may help construct family groups or provide hints on place of origin or destination.Beginning in 1606 people emigrated from England to countries such as the United States, India, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.Emigration records are records of people leaving England.Immigration records are records of people entering England.To search emigration records effectively, you should know the approximate date of emigration, the name of the ship, the type of or reason for emigration, or the emigrant’s previous residence in England.
Emigration increased after 1815 when it became a means of poor relief.Emigration also increased during gold rushes in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. Records were not required for free emigrants to the United States until 1776; Canada before 1865; or Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa until the 20th century.Passenger lists, permissions to emigrate, records of passports issued, lists of transported prisoners, or registers of assistance to emigrate often contain genealogical information.These records may contain the name, age, occupation, destination, place of origin or birthplace, ship, and date of arrival.
Once you have traced your family back to an English emigrant, you must determine the parish where he or she lived.
If the individual immigrated after 1 July 1837, you may find the place of origin by using the general indexes to births, marriages, and deaths.