History of the Stewarts | Family Lines
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Initially, there was no legal requirement to record emigrants; the paperwork was all done at the port of arrival. However, official passenger lists were compiled by the Board of Trade from 1890 to 1960 – and these were all kept in the National Archives of London. They have now been made available online and can be accessed via the Find My Past website , where you will find details of every passenger who left from a UK port, including all Scottish ports, for destinations around the world between these dates.http://www.findmypast.co.uk/
Another useful website for information on ancestors who migrated to the USA is the Ellis Island website, which has over 20 million entries.http://ellisisland.org/
The Scottish Emigration Database currently contains the records of over 21,000 passengers who embarked at Glasgow and Greenock for non-European ports between 1 January and 30 April 1923, and at other Scottish ports between 1890 and 1960.http://www.abdn.ac.uk/emigration/
The Highlands & Islands Emigration Society assisted almost 5,000 people to leave western Scotland for Australia between 1852 and 1857. You can find out more about their work at the Scottish Archive Network. http://www.scan.org.uk/
If your ancestor was caught up in the Highland Clearances, you may find them listed at the Clearances website. http://www.theclearances.org/clearances/main.php
This is another useful website http://www.nas.gov.uk/guides/emigration.asp