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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
 
This collection consists of lists of those arriving in San Francisco, California. It corresponds to NARA Publication M1410: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, for the years 1893 to 1953.  
 
This collection consists of lists of those arriving in San Francisco, California. It corresponds to NARA Publication M1410: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, for the years 1893 to 1953.  
 
For a list of records by date or locality currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1916078/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
 
==== General Information About These Records  ====
 
 
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.
 
 
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 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.
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1410. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}}
 
 
[[California, San Francisco Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
  
 
== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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Passenger lists generally included the following information:  
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'''Passenger lists''' generally included the following information:  
  
 
*Name of ship  
 
*Name of ship  
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== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== 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.
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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*Name of the passenger
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*Identifying information such as the approximate date of immigration
  
Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. 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:
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If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.  
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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=== Search the Collection  ===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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To search the collection image by image select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "NARA Roll Number - Contents" which takes you to the images.  
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.  
  
Look at the images 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:
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image. <br> ⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒ Select the 'Arrival Year' category<br> ⇒ Select the 'Name of Ship and Arrival Month' category which takes you to the images.<br>
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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Look at each 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.
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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With either search keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*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.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
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=== Using the Information  ===
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, you can use passenger lists to:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, you can use passenger lists to:  
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*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
 
*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== 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.  
 
*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.  
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*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.
 
*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?  ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
*Check for variant spellings of the name.  
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*Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.  
*Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.  
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*Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
*Search the passenger lists year by year.  
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*Search the indexes of other port cities.  
*Search the indexes of other port cities.
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*Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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{{Tip|Don't overlook {{FHL|California, San Francisco|keywords|disp}} items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article [[California Archives and Libraries]]. For additional information about this county see the wiki article [[San Francisco County, California Genealogy]].}}
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=== General Information About These Records  ===
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Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
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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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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.
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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.  
  
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
 
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[California|California]]  
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*[[California Genealogy]]  
 
*[[California Emigration and Immigration]]  
 
*[[California Emigration and Immigration]]  
*[[San Francisco County,California|San Francisco County, California]]
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*[[San Francisco County, California Genealogy]]
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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== How You Can Contribute ==
  
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{{Contributor invite}}
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for This Collection ==
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found it. This will help you or others to find the same record again.  
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.  
  
Keep track of records where you did not find information about your ancestor so you and others won’t waste time looking through these records in the future.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953." Index and images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}}<br> <br>
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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'''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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'''Image Citation'''<br> {{Image Citation Link
 
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"California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953," images, ''FamilySearch''(https://familysearch.org; accessed 4 April 2012), &nbsp;038 - Nov 26, 1909 - Jan 6, 1910 &gt; image 52 of 639 images,&nbsp;Mrs. Yuig Chung, age 20, Oct 30, 1909; citing California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., United States.
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[[Category:California|Passenger Lists]]
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Latest revision as of 07:06, 23 May 2015

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection consists of lists of those arriving in San Francisco, California. It corresponds to NARA Publication M1410: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, for the years 1893 to 1953.

Record Content

Passenger lists generally included the following information:

  • 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
  • Gender
  • Civil status
  • Occupation
  • Whether or not can read and write
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • 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 passenger
  • Identifying information such as the approximate date of immigration

If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image.
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the 'Arrival Year' category
⇒ Select the 'Name of Ship and Arrival Month' category which takes you to the images.

Look at each 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.

With either search 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. 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?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes of other port cities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

General Information About These Records

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.

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 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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How You Can Contribute

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Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

"California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953." Index and images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953.

Image Citation

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 Passenger Lists, 1893-1953.


 

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