Until recently it would have been like looking for a needle in a haystack to search for information about particular travellers or to trace long lost friends or relatives from migrant journeys to Australia. Although passenger lists to Australia were kept, they could only be viewed by anyone able to make a personal visit to the public record office at Kew in London. Even then it was virtually impossible, because of the indexing system, to find a particular individual without knowing exactly when and from which port they travelled.
Now, however, the dedicated and painstaking research of the creators of a fabulous website www.ancestorsonboard.com has made the task a thousand times easier and more rewarding. It has digitised the 'BT27 records' that encompass the details of 24 million passengers from 164,000 passenger lists. This is a truly spectacular achievement and one that brings an exciting new dimension to any search you may wish to make for friends or ancestors. In the comfort of your own home you can now search online for all passenger records for ships leaving the UK and Ireland for Australia and New Zealand between 1890 and 1960. In addition the details of many European migrants are included.
We wish you happy searching and hope you will visit our site to let us and other users hear of your successes in tracking down gems from your past.