California, San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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California, San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving, 1954-1957 .
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|San Francisco, California, United States|
|Flag of California|
|Location of San Francisco, California|
|Location of California|
|Record Type||Passenger and Crew List|
- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- 6 Related Websites
- 7 Related Wiki Articles
- 8 How You Can Contribute
- 9 Citing This Collection
What is in the Collection?
This collection consists of digital images of inbound passenger manifests, crew lists, and related form 1-489 (statement of changes in crew). These records are arranged in chronological order by date of arrival. The passenger lists are form 1-415 (manifest of inbound passengers, alien) and form 1-416 (manifest of inbound passengers, US citizens or nationals). The collection corresponds to NARA Publication M1411: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, December 1, 1954-February 1, 1957. There is a gap in the original records between September 18, 1955 and November 8, 1955 because roll 9 is missing at NARA.
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The records may contain any of the following:
- Port and date of departure
- Port and date of entry
- Name of ship
- Country of citizenship
- Name of passenger, including maiden name of women
- Names of persons accompanying passenger
- Age, gender, marital status and occupation of passenger
- Date and place of birth of passenger
- Address of last permanent residence
- Name and address of friend or relative at last address
- Final destination
- Name and address of friend or relative in U.S.
- Physical description and distinguishing marks
- Who paid for passage
- Purpose of visit
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search, it is helpful to know
- The full 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 browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "NARA Roll Number, Arrival Date, Ship Name" category which takes you to the images.
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. 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.
What Do I Do Next?
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.
What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Check for variant spellings of the name.
- Look for an index. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
- Search the passenger lists year by year.
- Search the indexes of other port cities.
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Citing 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.
- “California, San Francisco Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving, 1954-1957.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1411. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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