American-Rails.com. By Bob Kitchen. A website dedicated not
only to bringing awareness about our country’s railroad history, both
past and present, but also as a resource tool describing and
educating about American railroading in general.
- Central Pacific Railroad
Photographic History Museum. The railroad was organized in
1861 by a group of Sacramento merchants. This site features
photographs of the era of the Central Pacific, including many
construction photos, engines, workers, Chinese, bridges,
- Cram's Standard American Railway System Atlas of the
World. Chicago: George F. Cram, 1891.
The Erie Railroad, Linking Chicago and Jersey City-New York
This page presents information of use to individuals researching
ancestors/relations who worked for the Erie Railroad. The
primary data source is the company's "Erie" magazine. The time
period covered here is mainly Erie - from the early days (circa
1851) through the first two years of the Erie-Lackawanna merger
- Frey, Robert L., editor. Railroads in the Nineteenth
Century. New York: Facts on File, 1988. This is part of a
series: Encyclopedia of American Business History and
Biography. It presents multi-page histories of major
railroads and railroad officials with source citations and the
location of archival records.
-- Train Wrecks. Links to articles and casualty lists for
train wrecks, rail-related accidents across the United States.
- Hansen, Holly T. The Directory of North American
Railroads, Associations, Societies, Archives, Museums, and Their
Collections. Croydon, Utah: HT Holly Research Services,
- Jackson, Elisabeth Coleman and Carolyn Curtis, compilers.
Guide to the Burlington Archives in the Newberry Library
1851-1901. Chicago: Newberry Library, 1940. The collection
includes land office records and late 19th century payroll
- Kanely, Edna Agatha. Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
Employees, 1842 and 1852, 1855 and 1857. Baltimore,
Maryland: E.A. Kanely, 1982.
- Links to Related
Railroad, Photographic & History Websites. Central Pacific
Railroad Photographic History Museum.
- Mike's Railway History: A Look at Railways in 1935 and
Before. This British site will help you find
facts and stories about railways, trains, locomotives and the
railway engineers, who built and ran them.
- Overland Trail. The American West was vital to many of our families. This is a great site for background information and links on the West as well as the many trails and byways that existed for our ancestors.
- Pan American Airlines.
History of Pan American World Airways.
- Pfeiffer, David. Records Relating to North American
Railroads. Reference Information Paper 91. Washington, D.C.:
National Archives and Records Administration, 2001.
Railroad Records description.
- Pling-Kempes, Lesley. The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened
the West. New York: Paragon House, 1989.
- Pullman Porters.
The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is a 501(c)3
institution. Our mission is to promote, honor and celebrate the
legacy of A. Philip Randolph and contributions made by
African-Americans to America's labor history. At our facility
this celebration begins with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car
Porters, as we educate the public about their legacy and
The museum exists for the purpose of providing educational,
and cultural enrichment for all of mankind. All activities,
past, present and future, are for the purpose of objectives that
are inexorably intertwined - the study, preservation,
interpretation, and enjoyment of African-American history and
culture. The permanent collection displays exhibits which are
pertinent to the study of the Pullman Historic District, the
Great Migration, American Labor History, A. Philip Randolph, the
Pullman Porters, and the American Civil Rights Movement.
- Railroad Historical.
- Railroad History
Archive -- Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University
of Connecticut. The Railroad History Collections in Archives &
Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,
University of Connecticut Libraries, are comprised of individual
collections of administrative records, photographs, maps,
timetables, ephemera and many other types of archival materials.
The collections focus almost exclusively on the history of the
railroads of southern New England, particularly the New York,
New Haven & Hartford Railroad. This railroad, better known as
the New Haven Railroad, controlled most of the rail lines in the
region from 1872, through the merger of the Hartford and New
Haven Railroad and the New York and New Haven Railroad, to 1969,
when it was absorbed into Penn Central after a series of
- Railroad Job Descriptions: Past and Present.
Railroad Maps 1828-1900. Library of Congress.
Railroad Records, Holly Hansen. Good introduction to
- Railroad Retirement
Board and Genealogical Information
- References to Railroad Names. This is a nearly complete list
of the sources that have provided names of railroads,
railways, and any other companies that seem to have been related
to railroading in some manner.
Riding the Rails Up Paper Mountain: Researching
Railroad Records in the National Archives
By David A. Pfeiffer.. From Prologue Magazine 29, 1
- Stuart-Warren, Paula. "Tracking Railroad Records and
Railroad History. NGS NewsMagazine (April/May/June 2006):
- Taber, Thomas T. Guide to Railroad Historical Resources:
United States and Canada. 4 volumes. Muncy, Pennsylvania:
T.T. Taber, 1993. Locations of railroad historical materials
with addresses, listings of railroad periodicals, railroads are
listed by name, state, or province.
- United States
Railroad Retirement Board. Effective October 1, 2010, many
requests for genealogical information concerning railroad
workers will be handled by the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA) rather than the Railroad Retirement Board
(RRB). However, some requests will continue to be handled by the
RRB. Genealogists and family historians should still initially
contact the RRB with their requests. We will determine whether
the RRB or NARA has the information requested.
- U.S. Railroad Retirement Board and Genealogical Information after 1936
- Chappelle, Howard Irving. The History of American Sailing
Ships. New York: Bonanza Books, 1955.
A Chronology of Great Lakes Navigation.
Center for U.P. Studies, Northern Michigan University.
- Goldenberg, Joseph A. Shipbuilding in Colonial America.
Charlottesville, Virginia: University press of Virginia, 1976.
Great Lakes History by Dave Swayze.
Includes "the most complete and accurate list of losses of Great
Lakes commercial vessels in existence." The database has
excellent information and includes research sources.
Great Lakes Maritime Database. This Great Lakes
Maritime Database was initially funded by the
Michigan in 2005 with a collaborative grant by
County Library and the
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. It contains the 19th
century C. Patrick Labadie collection as well as an ever growing
collection of 20th century data and pictures.
Historical Collections of the Great Lakes. Bowling Green
State University. Manuscripts, maps and charts, books, pamphlets
and periodicals and, photographs are all part of their
collection, as well as three Great Lakes Databases.
- Immigrant Ships
Immigration & Ships Passenger Lists Research Guide
- Klein, Herbert S. The Atlantic Slave Trade. New York:
Cambridge University Press, 1999.
- Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
The holdings are extensive with well in
excess of 3,000 artifacts, 11,000 bibliographic titles, 40,000
ships plans, and 3,000 boxes of archival material. In addition
there are over 15,000 photographs, nautical charts, paintings
Marine Historical Collection --
University of Detroit Mercy
Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical
Collection. The collection is searchable by keyword, ship name,
owner, builder, hull number, or registry number. Various links
can also be browsed.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes. This site is an ongoing
experiment in the design of a "digital library", a collection of
documents intended to be of value to those researching Great
Maritime Records. National Archives. Research guides to
Maritime Records from the United States are outlined here.
- Rediker, Marcus. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea:
Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World,
1700-1750. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
- Shepherd, James F. and Samuel H. Williamson. "The Coastal
Trade of the British North American Colonies, 1768-1772."
Journal of Economic History 32 (December 1972): 783-810.
- The Ships Lists