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Revision as of 16:57, 22 February 2013

United States  go to  Emigration and Immigration  go to  Mexican Border Crossing Records

Mexican Border Crossings immigration records from Mexico to the United States often include detailed family information. Numerous Mexicans came to Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas in the late 19th and early 20th century. Records of 20th century Mexican border crossings are available at the National Archives and Family History Library. An online index is available at Border Crossings from Mexico to the United States (FamilySearch Historical Records).  Microfilm of these records is organized by the immigration border town where the crossing took place.

Crossing the Frontera is a free online class with search tips and techniques to help you with Mexican Border Crossing records.

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Contents

Mexico Border Stations

Arizona

California

New Mexico

Texas


Card Manifest Descriptions

Card manifests were collected for each person crossing the border. These forms were patterned after the ship manifest cards used at other ports.  Different types of card manifests were implemented for various purposes.  The most common forms are described below. When viewing these cards it is important to check the reverse side of the card.  The "back side" of the card many include instructions about the card, lists of multiple entries into the U.S. for the individual, or an attached photograph.


Statistical reports were for immigrants or non-immigrants from outside the Western Hemisphere.  

Non-statistical reports were for immigrants or non-immigrants who were natives of Western Hemisphere nations.

U.S. Immigration Mexican Border Crossing Card Manifests
Form Number Description
Form 548
Form 548-B
Form I-448
Manifest

Most Common Manifest 
Generally includes:
  • Marital Status
  • Place of Birth
  • Physical Description
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write, and in what language
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Purpose for entering the U.S.
  • Intent to become a U.S. citizen
  • Head tax status
  • Previous citizenships

Form 502
(unnamed)
Form 1502
(unnamed)

Printed and intended as a card index to ship passenger arrivals. The form listed:
  • Steamer line (steamship line)
  • Group number (page number for ship manifest)
  • List (line number on ship manifest)

Adapted for use with land border arrivals with

  • Immigrant's name, age, sex
  • Steamer=name of railroad
  • Line=destination, date and port of arrival
  • Group=manifest number ( not significant information)
  • List=changed to Serial Number

The serial number and date of arrival may be used to find the corresponding sheet manifest.

Form 621

Statistical

Generally includes:
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write
  • Last place of residence
  • Future place of residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Physical Description
  • Who paid the immigrant's passage
  • The amount of money the immigrant brought
  • Names of persons accompanying the immigrant

Form 622

Statistical

Generally includes:
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write
  • Last place of residence
  • Future place of residence
  • Place of Birth
  • Physical Description
  • Who paid the immigrant's passage
  • The amount of money the immigrant brought
  • Names of persons accompanying the immigrant

Form 629

NonStatistical

Generally includes:
  • Name, Age, Sex
  • Marital Status
  • Race
  • Occupation
  • Ability read or write
  • Last place of residence
  • Destination
  • Port and date of admission
  • Amount of money carrying
  • May contain all available entry information

Form 629A

Untitled, May show no number

Generally includes:
  • Name, Age, Sex
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Physical description
  • Destination
  • Port and date
  • Reason for being disbarred from the United States
  • This cause is often LPC, or likely to become a public charge, or no visa.

About this collection

A wiki article describing Mexican Border Crossing Records is found at:

Border Crossing from Mexico to the United States (FamilySearch Historical Records)