Japan, Index to Immigration Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.

Title in the Language of the Record


Record Description

This collection contains a list of names of overseas travelers handled through emigration agents, with other assorted papers.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

Diplomatic Records Office. Index of Emigration Records from Japan 1893. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chiyoda, Tokyo.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:

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  • Passport Number
  • Full Name
  • Prefecture
  • Birth Date
  • Gender
  • Residence before departure
  • Date of Departure
  • Departure Age
  • Destination Place

How to Use the Record

To start on your search in the Immigration Records, you need to know the following information:

  • Ancestor’s name
  • Place of birth
  • Residence at the time of departure

If you can, fill in the requested information on the search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors that have been found, to what you already know about your 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.

This collection gives background information on why your ancestor went out of the country.

If you have found the record the ancestor that you are looking for, you can:

  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date
  • Find the place of birth for your ancestor
  • Use the residence to locate census records

If you are wondering what to do next with the record you found, be sure to look at all of the information on other family records. This information will help you figure out relationships and form family groups. If you are unable to find your ancestor, search for your ancestor’s nickname and various spellings of the name.

Related Websites

Immigration and Naturalization

Japanese Immigrants to the US

National Archives of Japan

Related Wiki Articles

Japan Emigration and Immigration

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

“Delaware Marriage Records,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover. When the citation has been replaced with a citation specific to the collection being described, the heading should be changed to “Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection” in Heading style 5.