Learn more about your family members who crossed into the United States through the city of Detroit in Michigan, in the Great Lakes region of the United States. Discover key details about your ancestors like their birth place and their date of arrival in the country.
There are more than 765,000 records in this collection, and each includes a transcript and an image of the original passenger list for people arriving in the port of Detroit, Michigan over a 50 year period. While the information for each person may vary, Michigan, Detroit Passenger Lists 1900-1965 usually provides:
Since its founding in 1701, the city of Detroit, Michigan, has been an important crossing point separating Lake Erie and Lake Huron and eventually, the United States and Canada. Furthermore, as a major city, Detroit has drawn people from across the world, especially as the city became a manufacturing center in the early 1900s. Thousands of people who traveled in and out of the port of Detroit are documented in these passenger lists, creating a detailed picture of the Motor City in the first half of the 20th century.
Use these records to uncover new information about your family members and help you to continue researching your family history. Once you discover the record for your ancestor, use the newly found details to help expand your research into our other collections, like Michigan newspapers and US military records.
The passenger list image associated with each record often has more information about your ancestor that is not in the transcript. This includes details like their occupation and the name of a relative they were traveling to meet. Additionally, for many records that fall outside the given year range, the transcript incorrectly reports birth date as arrival date. Make sure to view the image to ensure you find all of the details for your ancestor that you can.
If you are having trouble finding your ancestor in the records, you can broaden your search by clicking the “name variants” box under the search bar. This will return even more records, including those with similar names, possible alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.
If you chose to include the birth year or arrival year in your search and you still cannot locate your ancestor’s record, try extending the search year range. This will broaden your search and return more results.