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The Great Irish Famine (1845-51) reduced the population of Ireland by a quarter, and was the start of mass emigration from the Emerald Isle. With movement out of Ireland on such a scale, passenger lists and travel records have become very important resources for anyone tracing their Irish roots.

From travel and emigration records you can usually find out where your Irish ancestors went, the ship they travelled on (these were the days well before airplanes!) and who they travelled with. 

Irish emigrants who came to America can be traced in the US Passenger Lists 1846-1890 on findmypast.  They contain records of millions of emigrant voyages into the ports of Baltimore, Boston, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia. From an Irish point of view, these records are especially poignant as they chart the emigration of the millions who left the homeland behind during the Great Famine. 

If your Irish ancestors travelled further afield you may well find them in the Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960 on findmypast. Many Irish emigrants departed for international destinations from British Ports like Liverpool and Southampton as Irish ports didn’t always cater for long-distance routes. These 24 million records cover 70 years of voyages to destinations worldwide.

Amongst the treasure trove of travel records on findmypast, you’ll also find the passenger manifesto for the ill-fated Titanic as well as records of German, Italian and Russian emigration into the United States.

Findmypast is working in partnership with Irish Central to create expert content around Irish family history. With the largest collection of Irish family history records online and a team of expert genealogists, findmypast is the best place to discover your Irish heritage.