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NOTE: Soundex is a phonetic index that groups together names that sound alike but are spelled differently, for example, Stewart and Stuart. This helps searchers find names that are spelled differently than originally expected, a relatively common genealogical research problem. For more information, read the Soundex wiki article.

NOTE: For a way to determine what digital records are likely to be found within a collection or how to find missing images elsewhere, see Document 114052, How to use Film Notes in the Catalog to determine the content of a final browse point in Historical Records.

Question: There are gaps in the Soundex Ranges for the Arrival Location of Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagara Falls and Rochester. Where can I find these records?
Answer: To find the missing Soundex Ranges, go to the Catalog section for “Manifests of alien arrivals at Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, New York, 1902-1954 : NARA Record Group 85, M1480” (search by Film Number: 1973279) and search for the Soundex Ranges you are interested in that are not online. They will start with Film Number “1973xxx”. See Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche for instructions on ordering microfilm, as well as finding a local FamilySearch Center where you can view these films.

If you encounter additional problems with this collection, feel free to report them at Please include the following information:

  • If browsing this collection: please include the full path you followed to where the problem occurred. The browse path is located above the Image viewer window.
    For example: New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956 > Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and Rochester > Soundex: F-616 Jacob to F-630 > Image 8 of 7212.
  • If you are reporting a technical issue: please include your operating system and browser version, such as Windows XP and Internet Explorer.

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