Texas, San Antonio, Alien Arrivals (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Manifests of Arrivals
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1944-1952
Microfilm Publication M1973. Statistical Manifests of Alien Arrivals by Airplane at San Antonio,Texas, May 17, 1944-March 1952. 1 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical
National Archives Identifier 4486821 414
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of images of over 3,100 statistical manifests of airplane arrivals at San Antonio. This collection corresponds to NARA microfilm publication M1973. The records are part of record group 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. They cover the years 1944-1952.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, San Antonio, Alien Arrivals, May 1944-March 1952.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The records may contain any 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


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 arrival.

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.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒ Select the "First Letter of Surname"
⇒ Select the "Name"


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, San Antonio, Alien Arrivals, May 1944-March 1952.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA M1973. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

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, San Antonio, Alien Arrivals, May 1944-March 1952.


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