Research Possibilities

One of the reasons why only few lists still exist is due to the fact that only the captains of French vessels had to hand in their passenger records. The majority of all vessels were American, which contributes to these incomplete set of records. The Le Havre commercial cargo vessel passenger and crew departure lists for the years 1750 to 1886 have been filmed by the Family History Library. Again, only few passengers sailed on cargo ships, these lists are not complete and have not been indexed.

These records are located at:
Archives Départementales de la Seine Maritime
Cours Clemenceau,
F-76101 Rouen CEDEX

A 100-year-old card file of some 50,000 passengers, 25,000 sailors and 5,000 retirees departing from Le Havre from 1780 to 1840 was found by a French genealogical society. The origin of these cards is unknown and they do not match the information compared with the un-indexed commercial vessel lists. These cards show the name, birth date or age, birthplace, parents, date and place of embarkation and debarkation.

Inquiries can be sent to:
Liste de passagers
Groupement Généalogique du Havre et de Seine-Maritime
B.P. 80
76050 Le Havre Cedex

Please note that they will only search for specific names and do not respond to vague requests. Please include a self-addressed envelope and three international reply coupons.

The names of approximately 16,000 emigrants from Bordeaux from 1713 to 1787 can be viewed at the departmental archives in Bordeaux.

A few records from Calais, Cherbourg, Brest, Lorient, La Rochelle and Dieppe are available for research at the French National Archives. offers historical records such as the Drouin Collection (one of the world's most important French-Canadian genealogical records) census and passenger lists to further the research and is the best place to start your family tree, upload documents and photos and continue to preserve your family history.
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