Texas, Laredo Index of Arrivals (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1903-1929
Microfilm Publication A3379. Nonstatistical Manifets Statistical Index Cards of Aliens Arriving at LAredo, Texas, MAy 1903-November, 1929. 112 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical by last name then bu first name
National Archives Identifier 4504605414
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection covers the years 1903 to 1929. It corresponds with NARA collection A3379: "Non-statistical manifests and statistical index cards of aliens arriving at Laredo, Texas, May 1903-November 1929" and is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It is arranged alphabetically by last name then by first name.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The information varies by type of card. You may find any of the following:

  • Full name of immigrant
  • Name of person accompanying immigrant
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Occupation of
  • Marital status
  • Physical description
  • Birth place
  • Last permanent residence (town, country)
  • Destination
  • Port of entry and date of arrival
  • Document, immigration or registration numbers

Collection Content

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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.

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.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

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, Laredo Index of Arrivals, 1903-1929.” Index. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA collection A3379. 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, Laredo Index of Arrivals, 1903-1929.

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