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The '''record of registry''' was a record of lawful arrival made for certain aliens who lawfully entered the U.S. at an earlier time, but for whom the INS could find no record of arrival. The law enacted in 1929 and amended in 1939, particularly addressed aliens who entered before 1924 and who had resided in the country continuously since that date. In addition the alien was to be of good moral character and not subject to deportation. The alien could make an application, pay the fee, and receive a record of registry. "Lawful Entry" was the reauthorized of this program by the Nationality Act of 1940. <br>  
 
The '''record of registry''' was a record of lawful arrival made for certain aliens who lawfully entered the U.S. at an earlier time, but for whom the INS could find no record of arrival. The law enacted in 1929 and amended in 1939, particularly addressed aliens who entered before 1924 and who had resided in the country continuously since that date. In addition the alien was to be of good moral character and not subject to deportation. The alien could make an application, pay the fee, and receive a record of registry. "Lawful Entry" was the reauthorized of this program by the Nationality Act of 1940. <br>  
  
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Revision as of 18:02, 25 February 2013

United States  go to  Emigration and Immigration  go to  Mexican Border Crossing Records

Mexican Border Crossings immigration records from Mexico to the United States often include detailed family information. Numerous Mexicans came to Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas in the late 19th and early 20th century. Records of 20th century Mexican border crossings are available at the National Archives and Family History Library. An online index is available at Border Crossings from Mexico to the United States (FamilySearch Historical Records).  Microfilm of these records is organized by the immigration border town where the crossing took place.

Crossing the Frontera is a free online class with search tips and techniques to help you with Mexican Border Crossing records.

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Contents

Mexico Border Stations

Arizona

California

New Mexico

Texas


Card Manifest Descriptions

Card manifests were collected for each person crossing the border. These forms were patterned after the ship manifest cards used at other ports.  Different types of card manifests were implemented for various purposes.  The most common forms are described below. When viewing these cards it is important to check the reverse side of the card.  The "back side" of the card many include instructions about the card, lists of multiple entries into the U.S. for the individual, or an attached photograph.


Statistical reports were for immigrants or non-immigrants from outside the Western Hemisphere.  

Non-statistical reports were for immigrants or non-immigrants who were natives of Western Hemisphere nations.

U.S. Immigration Mexican Border Crossing Card Manifests
Form Number Description
Form 548
Form 548-B
Form I-448
Manifest

Most Common Manifest 
Generally includes:
  • Marital Status
  • Place of Birth
  • Physical Description
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write, and in what language
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Purpose for entering the U.S.
  • Intent to become a U.S. citizen
  • Head tax status
  • Previous citizenships

Form 502
(unnamed)
Form 1502
(unnamed)

Printed and intended as a card index to ship passenger arrivals. The form listed:
  • Steamer line (steamship line)
  • Group number (page number for ship manifest)
  • List (line number on ship manifest)

Adapted for use with land border arrivals with

  • Immigrant's name, age, sex
  • Steamer=name of railroad
  • Line=destination, date and port of arrival
  • Group=manifest number ( not significant information)
  • List=changed to Serial Number

The serial number and date of arrival may be used to find the corresponding sheet manifest.

Form 621

Statistical

Generally includes:
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write
  • Last place of residence
  • Future place of residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Physical Description
  • Who paid the immigrant's passage
  • The amount of money the immigrant brought
  • Names of persons accompanying the immigrant

Form 622

Statistical

Generally includes:
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write
  • Last place of residence
  • Future place of residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Physical Description
  • Who paid the immigrant's passage
  • The amount of money the immigrant brought
  • Names of persons accompanying the immigrant

Form 629

NonStatistical

Generally includes:
  • Name, Age, Sex
  • Marital Status
  • Race
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write
  • Last place of residence
  • Destination
  • Port and date of admission
  • Amount of money carrying
  • May contain all available entry information

Form 629A

Untitled, May show no number

Generally includes:
  • Name, Age, Sex
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Physical description
  • Destination
  • Port and date
  • Reason for being disbarred from the United States
  • This cause is often LPC, or likely to become a public charge, or no visa.
 

Form 657
Record of Registry Occasional used non-printed forms, typewritten versions with no form number

Generally includes: 

Alien's Date of Arrival

  • Name, Age
  • Occupation
  • Place of last residence before entry
  • Means of arrival in the U.S. (such as ship or railway)

Alien's Date of Registry

  • Name, Age
  • Occupation
  • Physical description
  • Place of residence
  • Place of birth
  • Photograph
  • Date of approval of registry
  • Certificate of registry
  • District file number
  • Bureau file number

The record of registry was a record of lawful arrival made for certain aliens who lawfully entered the U.S. at an earlier time, but for whom the INS could find no record of arrival. The law enacted in 1929 and amended in 1939, particularly addressed aliens who entered before 1924 and who had resided in the country continuously since that date. In addition the alien was to be of good moral character and not subject to deportation. The alien could make an application, pay the fee, and receive a record of registry. "Lawful Entry" was the reauthorized of this program by the Nationality Act of 1940.

  

Form Spl. 125 Alien Laborer's Identification Card 

Generally includes: 
  • Date 
  • Port which issued the card 
  • Name, Age 
  • Marital Status 
  • Height 
  • Physical marks 
  • Last residence 
  • Ability read or write 
  • Photograph 
  • Destination 
  • Employer's name 
  • This statement: "The bearer, a native and citizen of Mexico, has this day been granted the privilege of temporarily entering the United States in accordance with and under the conditions of Department [of Labor] circular of June 12, 1918, as amended."
 

Form Spl. 225
Departure

Generally includes:
  • Marital Status
  • Height
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write
  • Country of permanent residence
  • Previous country of residence before coming to the U.S.
  • Town and state of last residence in the U.S.
  • Date and port of departure
  • If native-born U.S. citizen, U.S. birthplace'
  • If naturalized U.S. citizen, date and place of naturalization

Form Spl. 259
Statstical
Index card

Generally includes:
  • Name, Age, Sex
  • Citizenship or nationality
  • Last place of residence


About this collection

A wiki article describing Mexican Border Crossing Records is found at:

Border Crossing from Mexico to the United States (FamilySearch Historical Records)