Frequently Asked Questions

I LOVE receiving emails that make me smile, thanks for all the work, kudos for such a labour of love, kind words that assure me there was a truly useful purpose for the database. Thank you, these mean my work is not in vain.

BUT, please know that I do not have any extra, secret information. Everything I have is on the page. Honest.

If you still have a question, check through the FAQ's, and see if the answer is there before you send email.

Email :   Lady AnNne  at  aol.com (THREE N's)    or   Anne  at  packrat-pro.com

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Why did you create the database?
What if I find an error?
Is John Smythe my Smith family ancestor?
What if I don't find my ancestor?
Where else can I look for my ancestors passage?
What if I have additional information on a passenger?
Where are the original manifests now?
Where did you get your information?
May I copy or use your pages?
How can I help?

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Why I created the database:
I started this data base a very long time ago. When researching my family, I had a list of people who were born in England but died in the colonies. They MUST have taken a ship, but which one?  There were thousands of manifets all over the web, and I put them all in one place. Like my other projects, it grew from there. 'Deeds were done, no one was spared.'
 
What if I find an error?
These sources are the 'bibles' but contain their own errors, proven out only over time.  If you spot an obvious error,  PLEASE let me know!
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Is John Smythe my Smith family ancestor?
I am simply compiling and repeating information, be it ancient, newly uncovered or second hand.
It is up to you to determine which John Smiths are the same one.
Standardized spelling did not exist before the 1600's, many names were phonetical depending on the education of the clerk or scribe at the time.
Shiercliffe, Shirecliff, Shurecliff, Shurtleff, Shirtcliffe, you name it, they spelled it.
 
What if I don't find my ancestor?

I do not have additional or secret information that is not published on the Ship List page. Honest. There are a few remaining ships to be done, and I will get to those as soon as I can. Too many projects, too little time.

I currently do not know where else to look for more information, and have listed many good sources.

There were literally thousands of ships,  we are blessed to have the manifests we do. Hopefully, over time, more will be found. Sadly, many, many ship lists have been lost forever to the winds of time. If you do find a manifest not listed here, please let me know!

Please keep something else in mind:

The pilgrims who left England for the colonies were originally in search of religious freedom. In order to procure passage on a British approved and sponsored ship, one had to swear fealty and utmost loyalty to the King of England even though they were thousands of miles away, defeating their original purpose of travel in the first place. We can probably and safely 'assume' many arranged their own ships and transport, avoiding both the oaths and recordings of passage.

After ten years, I am learning to accept I might not discover which ship my William was on after all.

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Where else can I look for my ancestors passage?

I listed additional links at the bottom of the first page, shiplists. htm. Check there for more web places to visit.

Meanwhile, look, look, look, look. New information is probably out there, as they are discovered. Keep looking, searching, surfing, peeking and poking. Don't give up. Check my list of links at the bottom of the main Ship List page, and let me know if you found another good page I don't have listed.

   
What if I have additional information on a passenger?
As with any serious, authentic historical research, sources are everything, the crux of a valuable investigation. Granted, great aunt Mary might be onto something with the tales handed down for generations of how great great grandpa came to the the colonies on the "Swamp," but I based my information on well accepted documentation, which was not always right, either. Please don't be insulted if I do not take rumor for fact. Gut feelings or firm guesses do not a reliable source make.

If you have a documented family history that includes passage information, I would be thrilled to add the information to the Ship List, but please, please, include proper resource information: entire book title, author, all publishing information and date.

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Where are the original manifests now?
I have absolutely no idea. Most of the information we have is actually from someone's record keeping, bless their hearts, but I don't know where those are kept, either. A trip to the famous ports of call is on my Do Before I Die list, maybe some of them are there?
 
Where did you get your information?
Again, with any accurate historical reporting, resources are everything. At the bottom of each ship page you will find the listing of where I procured my information. Since I was not there, and can only report what someone else recorded, errors are possible, hopefully not plentiful.
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May I copy or use your pages?
I am the scribe and the collector, not the author. Please feel free to use the information on my Ship List pages in any way, but if you are wanting to copy the work, and entire ship list, it would be nice and considerate if you gave the credit of collection and publication where it is due, with Packrat-pro.com or Lady Annne as the collector, provider, not the author.  Feel free to link away!  

http://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm

 
How can I help?
1. Order a GREAT tee shirt, a button, bumper sticker, or a mug at my Cafepress store where I sell my artwork.
There is truly something for everyone and Christmas is always around the corner.
I only make a buck or two, but each one helps to cover my costs to keep this page running
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2. Donate anything you can afford, even just one dollar helps, and YOU CAN make a difference!

3. Place a link to my pages on your page if you have one, tell your friends, share the knowledge.

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May your have warm winds on all your journeys!