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Access the records: Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927 .
This collection contains Nonstatistical Manifests and Statistical Index Cards of Aliens arriving at El Paso, Texas and corresponds with NARA publication A3406.
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- Immigration and Naturalization Services. Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
Passenger lists generally include the following information:
- Birth place
- Last permanent residence
- Name and address of relative or friend
- Port and date of entry
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know
- The name of your ancestor
- 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:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "NARA Roll Number - Contents" category which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person 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.
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?
- Check for variant spellings of the name.
- Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
- Search the indexes and records of other port cities.
- Find Your Ancestors in One Step *http://www.genesearch.com/ports.html US Ports of Arrival and their Available Passenger Lists 1820-1957]
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