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1890 British and Irish Passenger Records Now Online at

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

PROVO, UT, July 30, 2008 — As a result of a recent partnership with British Origins, abstracts of the 1890 British and Irish passenger lists are now online at

“We are very optimistic about our relationship with Since we started our company we have wanted to get our name and products over to the North American market,” said Ian Galbraith, CEO, British Origins. “It was a no-brainer to partner with a U.S. firm and Paul Allen was a guy we wanted to do business with.”

“British Origin’s partnership with brings much needed records to a U.S., as well as a worldwide audience,” said Yvette Arts, Director, Content Partnerships,, Inc. “British Origins has been great to work with. We look forward to posting more of their records, such as the York Medieval Probate Index and the York Peculiars Probate Index in the next few months.”

These passenger lists
contain nearly 200,000 passenger names of people that left British and Irish ports with U.S. and Canadian destinations, as well as one voyage that continued to the West Indies. These records have added value because, in many instances, multiple individuals from the same family were included on these lists.

Each record contains the name of the passenger, nationality, occupation, age, and marital status, as well as the name of the ship, the departure port, and the destination port.

The nationalities of the passengers included in these records are, approximately, 57,000 from Ireland, 100,000 from England, 14,000 from Scotland, and 24,000 from other locations. Between 1890 and 1920 a large number of ships left from British and Irish ports with North America as the destination. Many of the passengers aboard these ships were emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland. However, many emigrants from other European countries traveled through the UK because the cost to sail from a UK port was cheaper than sailing from a continental port. Since the shipping companies required at least six weeks British residency, many individuals changed their names to avoid detection, rather than waiting for their residency to become valid.

The Passenger Lists were compiled by Peter Coldham, directly from the original lists located at The National Archives, London, and augmented by Canadian and U.S. data.

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About British Origins
British Origins offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available, and including the rich resources of the Society of Genealogists. Most material on British Origins has not been accessible anywhere else online. Collections currently include marriage registers, census records, burial records, wills, passenger lists, militia, court and apprentice records containing over 70 million names covering five centuries.

About, Inc., Inc. is a family of services that includes,,, and the We’re Related and MyFamily applications on Facebook. The focus of the company is to provide innovative tools to connect families., Inc. has more than 1.9 million unique global visitors each month and 17.5 million impressions per month. Founded in 2006 by Paul Allen and several key members of the original team, provides affordable access to genealogy databases and family history tools. More than 30,000 individuals have subscribed to With more than a billion records and thousands of databases-including birth, death, military, census, and parish helps fill in missing information in your family tree. Some of its partners include Everton Publishers, Quintin Publications, Archive CD Books Australia, Gould Genealogy, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Archive CD Books Canada, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., SmallTownPapers®, Accessible Archives, Genealogical Publishing Company, Find My Past, Godfrey Memorial Library, Find A Grave, and FamilySearch. Investors include vSpring Capital and several angel investors.

200,000 Passenger Names From British and Irish Ports Now Online at

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

This week’s Major Collection from British Origins features abstracts of the 1890 British and Irish passenger lists. These records, compiled by Peter Coldham directly from the original lists located at The National Archives, London, and augmented by Canadian and U.S. data, are now online at (see press release for full description of data set).

Update on Militia Attestations Index, 1886-1910
Although the Militia Attestations Index, 1886-1910 was launched previously, this article contains additional information about the index.

Comprised of nearly 100,000 names, the Militia Attestations Index, 1886-1910 contains very valuable documents filled out by applicants to join the militia regiments in England, Ireland, and Scotland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Militia Attestations can be an important resource for genealogists and family historians. They were filled out at the time of recruitment and include the birth place, regiment in which the applicant served, and reference material for finding the original record. The databases from British Origins include more than 86,000 recruits to militias in Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey, and Yorkshire, and in south and central Scotland.

“Militia attestation records provide descriptions of the people. For example, you can discover their eye and hair color, and even their weight. Where else can you get this kind of rich information?,” said Ian Galbraith, CEO, British Origins. “When you are building up a picture of your family, you have to use a multiplicity of resources. We try to bring attention to records such as the militia attestations that will provide individuals with a little more about their ancestors.”

Copies of the original militia attestations documents can be ordered online from The Origins Network., Inc. partnered with British Origins in February 2008. British Origins was founded in 1997.