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This collection consists of passenger arrival records for the port of Honolulu Hawaii. It covers the years 1900 to 1953. It corresponds with A3422: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900-1953.
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 Records
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- Your ancestor’s given name and surname
- Some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships.
Start by checking the index Hawaii, Honolulu Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos, 1900-1952.
Additional information about the index is available in the wiki article Hawaii, Honolulu - Index to Passengers, Not Including Filipinos (FamilySearch Historical Records). The index cards usually include the date of arrival and ship. With this information you can quickly locate your ancestor by browsing the passenger list images.
Search the Collection
To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals 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 the information on several individuals comparing the information about them 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.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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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.
- 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.
|FHL Place United States, Hawaii, Honolulu items or FHL Keyword Hawaii, Honolulu items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Hawaii Archives and Libraries.|
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- "Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication A3422. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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