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Access the records: California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948 .
This Collection will include records from 1907 to 1948.
The passenger lists are digital copies of the original records. The earliest records are handwritten pages. Later records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. The records are arranged by the date of entry into port.
This collection consists of lists for those arriving at San Pedro, Wilmington, or Los Angeles, California, 1907-1948. It corresponds to NARA Publication M1764: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Pedro/Wilmington/Los Angeles, California, June 29, 1907 - June 30, 1948.
The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
Arrival lists was used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States.
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Citation for This Collection
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- United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. California, Los Angeles passenger lists. Immigration and Naturalization Services, Washington D.C.
Passenger lists after 1906 generally include the following information:
- Port of entry
- Name, passenger number, and arrival date
- Nearest relative or friend in place of departure
- Final destination (city and state)
- Who paid for passage
- Whether or not passenger has been to U. S. previously
- When here previously and where passenger stayed
- Name and complete address of persons to be joined
- Condition of health
- Physical impairments
- Physical description
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate date of immigration. If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
Search the Collection
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Look at the images or names in the list one by one 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. Keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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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.
- When you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.
- The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names
- The passenger arrival list was used by legal inspectors to cross-examine each immigrant during a legal inspection prior to the person being allowed to live in America. Only two percent of the prospective immigrants were denied entry.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
- Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
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"California, Los Angeles, Passenger Lists, 1907-1948," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: 28 March 2012), NARA Roll Number - Contents > 022 - May 14, 1929 - Jul 10, 1929 > image 24 of 1024 image, Hugo Luzio, 2 April 1929; citing United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., United States, Passenger lists of vessels arriving at San Pedro/Wilmington/Los Angeles, California, June 29, 1907-June 30, 1948 : record group 85, M1764, FHL microfilm 1734626 vault, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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