French Family Association

The Official Website of the Surname French

Tracing Immigrant Ancestors
of the Surname French

http://www.lisaalzo.com/ -- Contact Lisa Alzo about immigration lisa@lisaalzo.com. See also http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/Webinars.asp. This page was updated by Mara French on 3/25/09. Send any corrections or additions to this chart to marafrench@mindspring.com. Revisions: 2008, 2009, 2011.

U.S. Records and Passenger Lists

Problems: Names, transcription errors, incorrect family information, don’t know port or exact immigration year, searching wrong port, missing manifests. Searching requires skill, persistence, and serendipity.

 

FFA Chart

Immigrant

Dates

Ship

Homestead Origin

Ship Departure

Ship Arrival

1

Thomas French, Jr.
Thomas French, Sr.

1630
1635

Winthrop Fleet

Assington, Suffolk, England

 

New England, Ipswich, MA

2

William French

July 1635

Defence

Greenstreet, Essex, England

St. Gabriel Fenchurch, London

New England, Cambridge, MA

3

John French

Pre-1637

 

Great Tey, Essex, England

 

New England, Cambridge, MA

4

Edward French

 

Not the Angel Gabriel

Warwickshire, England

 

New England, Ipswich then Salisbury, MA

5

John French

 

 

Dorset, England

 

New England, Braintree, MA

6

Richard French

Pre-1647

 

Coggeshall, Essex, England

 

New England, Cambridge then Marshfield, MA

7

Stephen French

30 May 1630

Mary and John

Misterton, Somerset, England

 

New England, Weymouth, MA by 1636

8

Francis French

July 1635

Defence

Essex, England

St. Gabriel Fenchurch, London

New England, Cambridge, MA then New Haven, CT

9

Thomas French

 

 

Sussex, England

 

New England, then Guilford, CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Samuel French

 

 

Bradford Abbas, Dorset, England

 

 

20

Thomas French

 

 

Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, England

 

New Jersey

42

Thomas French

 

 

Penhurst, Sussex, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Resources

They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record, by John Colleta, 2002. No surnames. Details what’s available and where you can find passenger arrival records.

http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/manifests -- A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations

http://www.ilw.com/articles/2005,0808-smith.shtm -- American Names: Declaring Independence

http://www.genealogybranches.com -- Joe Beine’s Passenger Lists by Country

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7486 -- 1500-1900s

http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/indexinfo.aspx?ix=pili -- Searchable Passenger and Immigration Index by Name

http://ancestry.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=40 -- Immigration and Travel

http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/passenger-arrival.html

http://www.immigrantships.net

http://www.theshipslist.com

http://www.ellisisland.org -- from 1892 to 1924 to Port of New York (22 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members)

http://www.castlegarden.org -- before Ellis Island, 1855-1890

https://familysearch.org -- New York Passenger Lists from Family History Library (FHL)

http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigrations/passenger-arrival.html -- U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

http://www.archives.gov/locations -- National Archives Locations Nationwide

http://search.ancestry.com/search.db.aspx?dbid=1068 -- from 1850 from Hamburg

http://www.passengerlists.de/ -- From Bremen, Germany, mostly later years

http://www.findmypast.com/passengerListPersonSearchStart.action (subscription)

http://immigrants.byu.edu -- Brigham Young University

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1193 -- U.S. Naturalization Records, 1795-1972

www.fold3.com -- military records

http://www.genealogybranches.com/#naturalization

http://www.uscis.gov/ -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1075 -- Border Crossings from Canada to U.S. 1895-1956

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1263 -- Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1174 -- U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925

www.newenglandancestors.org/database_search/gen_GreatMigrations.asp -- cannot find

http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4714 -- Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33, lists over 100 Frenches

http://www.stevemorse.org -- Ellis Island, post-1820, first read “About this Website”

http://ancestry.com/search/db.aspex?dbid=7488 == good place to start

http://www.theshipslist.com/ -- Ships from 1700

http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/

http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/peterrobinsonindex.htm -- Ships from Cork to Canada in 1823 and 1825

http://members.shaw.ca/canada_legal_history/on.htm -- Canada Death Penalty Index