TheShipsList Website
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.
... Al


From Sue:

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  ;-}

TheShipsList 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 ... Sue
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. Sailing Ship Dunbrody 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. ... Al

January 3, 2009: HI Al: 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. Armstrong, Argue, Boucher Falls Kidd McKenna Nesbitt Stinson ... Linda Falls
New 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 ... Al
E-mail Sue Swiggum, Linda Falls and Al Lewis

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