Irish Emigration Database

Starting in 2001 John F. Kennedy Trust began to compile a comprehensive Irish Emigration Database to the United States in conjunction with the Balch Institute in Philadelphia, the Ellis Island Restoration Commission in New York and the Battery Conservancy in New York.

This database is compiled directly from the original Ship’s Passenger Manifests. It records Irish, English, Scottish, and Welsh immigrants arriving in US ports on many different ships, from many different ports. It includes the Dunbrody Famine ship passenger list.

For the port of New York, the database covers the years between 1846 and 1890. For Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Philadelphia the database covers only the famine years between 1846 and 1851.

How you can use the Database

Access to the database is free through this website. Printouts are available for a small fee. The compilation of the Irish Emigrant Database is a large and on-going process. If you have any queries regarding your search or regarding Irish Family History in general, please feel free to contact us at:


Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience Overview

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions in the South East of Ireland. Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience.