Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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El Paso, Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1905-1927
Microfilm Publication A3406. Nonstatistical Manifests and Statistical Index Cards of Aliens Arriving at El Pasco, 1905-1927. 129 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical by last name then by first name
National Archives Identifier 4492771414
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What is in the Collection?

This collection contains over 575,000 Non-statistical Manifests and Statistical Index Cards of Aliens arriving at El Paso, Texas and corresponds with NARA publication A3406 and is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The collection covers the years 1905 to 1927.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927.


What Can these Records Tell Me?

Passenger lists generally include the following information:

  • Name
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Name and address of relative or friend
  • Port and date of entry

Collection Content

Sample Images


How Do I Search the Collection?

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.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.


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What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.


I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records.
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Texas, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Texas Archives and Libraries.

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.  

Collection Citation:

"Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA publication A3406. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.


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 Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927.

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 Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927.

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