California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Los Angles, California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Arrival Passenger Lists
Collection years 1907-1948
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The National Archives


What Is In This Collection?

This collection will include records from 1907 to 1948.

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.

This collection consists of lists for those arriving at San Pedro, Wilmington, or Los Angeles, California, 1907-1948. It corresponds to NARA Publication M1764: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Pedro/Wilmington/Los Angeles, California, June 29, 1907 - June 30, 1948.

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.

Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.  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. 

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948.

Sample Record Content

Click on image for a larger view.

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 Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • Identifying information such as the approximate date of immigration

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

How Do I Search the Collection?

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:

    • If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
  • 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.

To search the collection by name:
Fill in the requested information on 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. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒ Select the appropriate "NARA Roll Number - Contents" which takes you to the images.


What Do I Do Next?

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.
  • 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.


Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

    • 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. Check for various name spellings.
  • 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.

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Citations for this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.n

Collection Citation:

"California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1764. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

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, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948.

Image Citation

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948.