and other Passenger Lists Records for Canada in the 1800's
May 9, 2006:
This page on Bytown or Bust provides a link to a very interesting and
important web site maintained by Sue Swiggum. When immigrants landed in Quebec City
the furthest inland deep-water port in Eastern Canada in the 1820's, they usually
boarded a steamer to travel to Montreal.
Sue is transcribing the passenger lists on these steamers, operated by John Molson.
The following e-mail from Sue shows an example of the material which you will find on
Sue's site. George Edge was an early settler in Goulbourn Township.
Hello George Edge reseachers,
My name is Sue Swiggum of TheShipList website. I am in the process of
transcribing the St. Lawrence Steamboat records 1819-1836. They have never
been published before.
Whenever I come across an interesting name, I google it. I found George
Edge and as he interested me, I happened to find you.
Lady Sherbrooke - 22nd trip up, Quebec to Montreal, 19th October 1824
22-27 George Edge & wife & four children under 12 years x x 1/-/- 1/-/-
I don't know where this George fits in. George of 1784 would only be about
forty, so I suppose could have four children under 12 years . . . hope you
enjoy . . .
. . btw. below the line is a message I'd sent to the Bytown Museum
December 2005, and as they haven't bothered to respond, you are more than
welcome to use the information for your website ;-}
As I'd expressed in my first email, I often google interesting names (like
George) and have made some super connections for people. I communicate
fairly regularly with Bruce Elliott, so he often finds notables on my
steamboat lists, like Hamnett Pinhey in 1820 for example
. . . also years of newspaper extractions about the Perthshire emigrants on
the brig Niagara going to
I have customized some google search boxes near the top of my passenger
list index page to help you search for
. . . the trouble is however, as with all "transciptions" one does their
best, but errors occur and some lists are really hard to read . . add to
that the list compilers. Some are perfect, some are ahem ...
semi-literate and/or write names phonetically, which makes it difficult for
me if I am not familiar with the name. Then, there are the "English"
compilers whose knowledge of French names is lacking, and vice versa, with
French compilers who have problems with the most basic "English" names. If
I feel that a more common name is implied, I have begun to add the
alternate spelling to the record to help people doing a google search. :-}
Before you start searching for any individuals, remember that I have
completed 1819-1823 & 1825. I am working on 1824 at present, and have
completed only one steamboat of five . . for 1826. I only have these
records through to 1836 and some years are sparse. For 1833 there appear
to be no surviving steamboat records at all . .just freight lists. Molson
did have competition, so these records are not the be-all-and-end-all,
however, they are all we have and I'm so grateful to have found them. :-}
March 7, 2007:
The scanned images for Canada Passenger Lists have just recently gone online
Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1922
January 3, 2009:
Release from Library and Archives Canada:
New Online Resource: Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900
Posted 22 December 2008
By Sylvie Tremblay, Acting Head, Canadian Genealogy Centre, Client Services Division,
Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new online
database, Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900. Through this online database,
researchers can search by name of passengers to access digitized images of original
passenger lists for arrivals at Quebec from 1865 to 1900 which list the name, age,
country of origin, occupation and destination of each passenger.
The database is available at: Quebec City Passenger Lists Index 1865-1900
(This URL is different from the one posted above on March 7, 2009 ... Al)
Between 1847 and 1856, an assisted emigration scheme was implemented on the Coolattin
Estate in County Wicklow, Ireland. Six ships carrying thousands of emigrants brought
new settlers to Canada. Anne Burgess has a web page showing many of the new families who
settled in Ontario, Canada. Annette Code is also researching emigrants from the
Fitzwilliam Estate. You can see her research on her Coolattin page.
This sketch shows the sailing ship, Dunbrody. She was built in the shipyards at
Quebec City. During the time of the Fitzwilliam Clearances, the Dunbrody carried emigrants
from County Wicklow, Ireland (via New Ross, County Wexford) to Canada.
In 1823, the Honourable Peter Robinson brought close to five hundred settlers, mostly
Roman Catholics from the Blackwater region of County Cork, Ireland, to Eastern Ontario.
The settlers came on two ships, the Hebe and the Stakesby. See our pages regarding the
1823 Peter Robinson Settlers for names of these families.
January 3, 2009:
Here is a list from August 1, 1821 that includes quite a few family names associated with Carleton county.
These persons travelled from Quebec City to Montreal aboard the Steamship Lady Sherbrooke.
... Linda Falls
June 27, 2015:
Here is a fascinating book about John Molson who initiated the building and use of steamships on the
St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Quebec City; naturally, Molson's Beer was available for the Passengers on board!
Molson: The Birth of a Business Empire, by Douglas Hunter, Penguin Canada, 2001, ISBN 0-14-028788-4
E-mail Sue Swiggum, Linda Falls and Al Lewis
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