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Access the records: California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941 .
The collection consists of registers of persons held for Boards of Special Inquiry at the San Francisco, California, Immigration Office, February 1910-May 1941. This collection corresponds to NARA Publication M1388.
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The records may contain any of the following:
- Name of ship
- Port of embarkation
- Date and seaport of entry
- Final destination
- Whether or not ticket to final destination
- Name of passenger
- Birth place
- Age in years and months
- Civil status
- Whether or not can read and write
- Last permanent residence
- Who paid for passage
- Declaration of money in possession
- Whether or not has been in U. S. before
- Whether or not passenger has been in prison
- Whether or not passenger is a polygamist
- Name and address of relative or friend passenger plans to join
- Whether or not under contract to labor
- General condition and statement of health
- Description of passenger
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- Name of the immigrant
- Approximate date of immigration.
If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
Search the Collection
To search the collection
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Volume and Year Range" which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
For example, you can use passenger lists to:
- Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
- Confirm their date of arrival
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
- Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time.
- If your ancestor has an uncommon surname, you may want to obtain the passenger list of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings of the name.
- Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
- Search the passenger lists year by year.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
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Citation for This Collection
|The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941.|
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- “California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1388. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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