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Saturday, 19 April 2008

Ancestors on Board is the great website where you can search for details of passengers who sailed from Great Britain to ports around the world from 1890 onwards. The good news is that this site has recently been completed and now has all passengers’ names indexed up until 1960.

The website is a collaborative project between the National Archives in the UK and the commercial subscription website,, and features the records from BT27 Outward Passenger Lists held at the National Archives at Kew. It records the details of passengers bound for destinations such as New Zealand, South Africa, the United States and Canada as well as Australia.

Searching and viewing the results list is free and you can view images of the original passenger lists on a pay-per-view basis. To start searching for your ancestors who may have left Britain during this period go to the website at