US (Community Project)—Index to Passenger Lists at Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, 1820–1874


Project Instructions



Please Read the Instructions

  • Please read these project instructions carefully before indexing any batches.
  • Review this page and the field helps frequently for updates.
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Indexing Names

  • The passenger indexed cards were usually filed in alphabetical order by surname.
  • Titles and terms are not indexed in name fields.
  • If alias names were included on a naturalization card or if an individual’s name was listed with various spellings on the card, include all variants, separating each with the word Or. For example, if a name was written as "Georgios (George), George Broski, George Browzowski, or George Brzozowski," you would index the name fields as follows:
    • Given Name: Georgios Or George
    • Surname: Broski Or Browzowski Or Brzozowski

Diacritics and Other Characters

  • If the name of a person or locality was written with a character not on your keyboard, such as the ò in Nicolò, please insert the character by clicking on the Enter special international characters icon (which is a square with an "ñ" in it) and selecting the character you want to insert, or:
    1. On the menu bar, click Edit.
    2. Click International Letters.
    3. Click on the letter you want to insert.

Corrected or Crossed-Out Information

  • When information was crossed out and then replaced, type the new data in the appropriate fields.
  • When information was crossed out, was not replaced, and can be read, type the crossed-out information.
  • If information was not crossed out but was replaced or was added to, type the most complete version of the record.
  • When the information was crossed out, was not replaced, and cannot be read, mark the field as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+U.
  • When every entry on a record cannot be read, mark the entire record as unreadable by pressing Ctrl+Shift+U.

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