Isle passenger lists from 1900s go online


POSTED: Wednesday, October 07, 2009

It's now possible to find out about people who came to Hawaii in the first half of the 20th century.

Ancestry.com announced yesterday that it has launched a collection of more than 1.4 million records, called “;Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953.”; The lists haven't been available online until now.

The records of passenger arrivals in Honolulu include information such as name, birth years, ethnicities, ports and dates of arrival and departure, as well as ship or airline name.

The collection includes familiar names such as John Wayne, who arrived in Honolulu on March 19, 1952, aboard the ship Lurline for the filming of “;Big Jim McLain,”; the company said.

Other notables include Shirley Temple in 1935, Cary Grant in 1938 and Rita Hayworth in 1953.

The lists also show that Bette Midler's father, Fred Midler, arrived in Hawaii in 1940 aboard the ship Washington. She was born in Honolulu five years later.

The company also announced an expansion in its relationship with the National Archives and Records Administration, enabling the company to digitize NARA collections at a new facility in the Washington area.

“;Our 10-year relationship with NARA goes far beyond digitizing documents,”; Ancestry.com CEO Tim Sullivan said in a statement. “;The new facility and expanded relationship with the National Archives enables us to scan millions of paper records, carefully preserved for decades at NARA, and put them online to help millions of Americans more easily unlock the stories of their family's past.”;

James Hastings, director of access programs at NARA, said in the statement that it would be too expensive for the agency to digitize the enormous number of historical records housed at its archives across the country.

“;Our relationship with Ancestry.com allows us to drastically increase the rate of digitizing records in a fiscally responsible fashion and helps us provide the public with even greater access to America's treasured collections,”; he said.