It is widely known that few ship passenger lists were recorded in the decade prior to 1820 and that reliable information on immigrants of this period is almost beyond reach. Mr. Schlegel’s book, however, redresses the balance to some considerable degree.
Deriving from the New York newspaper The Shamrock or Hibernian Chronicle, Passengers from Ireland includes all data published on immigrants during the entire seven-year run of the paper and presents the lists in their original format so that family groupings are readily apparent. In substance, it comprises passenger lists for the whole period 1811 to August 1817, supplying information on over 7,000 travelers.
Data provided with each passenger list include the name of the passenger (sometimes listed with his parish or county of former residence), name of the vessel, name of the ship’s captain, length of journey, port of departure, port and date of arrival, and additional remarks concerning such untoward experiences on the high seas as seizure and impressment. Needless to say, such a work goes a long way toward establishing precise information on an ancestor’s immigration and answers a great many questions heretofore unanswered.
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