The Olive Tree Genealogy Newsletter --- helping you find the roots
and branches of your family tree.
V. 2 #19
Wow! It's been almost a month since my last newsletter. It's been
very busy, and my volunteers have sent so many files I can't keep up
with them. Yesterday we had our first snowfall so preparation for
winter (finding last year's winter boots and snowsuits) is also
Some of the new files I have to find time to get ready to put online
for everyone are:
Naturalization Petitions for New York 1834-1860 (thanks to new
volunteer Clinton Johnson)
Naturalization Petitions for New York 1850-1860 (thanks to volunteer
New York Times Arrival Notices & Passenger Names 1851 (thanks to
volunteer Diane McClay)
Ships from Ireland to USA 1850s, Ships from France to New Orleans
1700s, Ships from Ireland to N. America 1840s (thanks to volunteer
Ships to Canada 1900s (thanks to Annette Fulford)
Miscellaneous records (too many to list)
Okay, that's what I don't have ready yet, now for what I have put
online recently for everyone to use freely :-)
Thanks to Annette Fulford, the following ships passenger lists to
Canadian ports have been added to Olive Tree Genealogy pages.
S. S. Pisa, Hamburg Germany to Quebec & Montreal, 1911
S. S. Cassandra, Glasgow to Quebec & Montreal 1913
S. S. Melita, Liverpool to Quebec carrying soldiers, 1919
S. S. Saturnia, Glasgow to Montreal carrying soldiers from
S.S. Manchester Corporation, Manchester England to Montreal,1919
SS Stavangerfjord, from Oslo, Norway to Halifax Nova Scotia
For earlier ships arriving in Canadian ports, see the index
arranged by year, at
Alms House Admission Foreigners & Nativity Records New York City, NY
Bond Registers 1819-1840
On October 4th, I uploaded more files for one of Olive Tree
Genealogy's FREE databases currently online - Alms House Admission
Foreigners & Nativity Records New York City, NY Bond Registers 1819-
1840. (These records cover individuals from all over N. America,
Europe and British Isles)
In the early 1800's port cities in the USA bore the burden of
immigration. By the time they arrived, so many immigrants were tired,
hungry and poor they ended up in the City Almshouse. This meant the
citizens had to take care of them.
This online databases lists all individuals in the Almshouse between
1819 and 1840. Each individual in this online index has the following
Name, Age, Where born, Ship they travelled on, Port of Departure.
Some have details such as who is to pay for their stay, if they have
been transferred from the City Hospital, if they are known under
The lists begin in 1819 at
The individuals in these records came from Ireland, Germany, Canada,
Switzerland, France, England, Scotland and within the USA.
Some of the children are listed as "born at sea" which is a great
help in determing when these early ships sailed.Little Thomas
Hastings, in the Almshouse with his mother in Jan. 1828, is listed
as 'born at sea' on the ship Iris sailing from Liverpool. Since his
age is 1 year 6 months we know that the Iris sailed in July 1826.
Some families' migration patterns can be determined from the
children's birth places and years - for example the Irish Brysen
family in 1829 (Nancy 38, John 9, Catherine 5 and James 3) reveal
that Nancy and her husband (name unknown)were in New Brunswick Canada
in 1820 when son John was born.By the time of Catherine's birth in
1824 the family was in Massachusetts. They were still in
Massachusetts in 1826 for James' birth, then in 1829 Nancy and the
children found themselves among the destitute of New York City.
The new years added today are 1825, 1828 and 1829.
These add to the existing records previously online for 1819,
1820,1821, 1822, 1823, 1824, 1826, and 1827. 1820-1840 will follow as
more volunteers are found to help with this huge project.
I also have more free Almshouse records online for 1855-1858, which
give an exact date of arrival plus ship name and other details for
Scroll down the page after it loads, to "Alms House Records: The
This is an exciting project and one that will give you alternate ways
to possibly find the ship that your ancestor sailed on!
Saxony Roots & Olive Tree
Continuing on with the new joint project that Olive Tree Genealogy
and Saxony Roots have begun.
OTG has many images of ships passenger lists from Germany
which are gradually being put online at
With the help of Saxony Roots, we are now getting transcriptions of
those lists. That means researchers will have the best of both
worlds - the actual image of the list and the transcript. Saxony
Roots will have the transcript on its site, while Olive Tree
Genealogy will have the image and the transcript on its pages.
Our second and third co-operative lists are done and online:
1. Ernst Moritz Arndt, sailing from Stettin Germany to New York on
19 May 1873. There are 910 passenger names, so if you're missing an
ancestor from German arriving 1873, have a good look here.
See the images of the passenger list and a link to the transcript
2. Ship Albert, sailing from Bremen Germany to Baltimore Maryland on
20 May 1851
See the images of the passenger list here
and the transcript here
Wolf and I look forward to bringing you many more of these free lists
and images of ships sailing from Germany!
Last but not Least Corner:
Some of you may already have heard about Ancestry.com's latest
subscription database - and it's a winner. It was just put online a
few days ago, and is a collection of ships passenger lists and
naturalization records that is outstanding.
Included are ships to New York in the unindexed period, so far they
have 1851-1860 online. I don't usually tell you about these databases
unless there's a free trial offered, but this is so good I had to let
you know. I tried it, I loved it.
I've put up a link for those who want to give this new database a
try, at http://olivetreegenealogy.com/bestofmonth.shtml
I want to reassure everyone that I'm not going to stop working on MY
project to fill in the gaps with lists for those same unindexed years
(which I started over 6 months ago).
My ongoing OTG project consists of 3 sets of records:
1. NY Times extracts for ship arrivals and passenger names
2. Images (and some accompanying transcripts) of actual
passenger lists in this time period
3. NY Almshouse records for 1855-1858
The complete index of NY Times years and shipping news extracts is at
Images of ships passenger lists for these Unindexed NY years are
online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/ships/
The Almshouse Records start at
Well, that's it for another week or so. Enjoy!