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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
 
This collection includes case files for Chinese immigrants arriving through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the years 1900 to 1923. This collection corresponds to NARA publication M1144: Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1895-1920, from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  
 
This collection includes case files for Chinese immigrants arriving through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the years 1900 to 1923. This collection corresponds to NARA publication M1144: Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1895-1920, from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  
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A detailed Romanized surname index is provided in alphabetical order on pages 8-96 (image #13-101) with corresponding case numbers listed. A separate index of ship names is on pages 97-117 (image #102-122). A table of the 51 rolls of microfilm included in this collection is also given with corresponding case numbers contained in each roll listed on pages 118-119 (image #123-124).  
 
A detailed Romanized surname index is provided in alphabetical order on pages 8-96 (image #13-101) with corresponding case numbers listed. A separate index of ship names is on pages 97-117 (image #102-122). A table of the 51 rolls of microfilm included in this collection is also given with corresponding case numbers contained in each roll listed on pages 118-119 (image #123-124).  
  
The files are part of the records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group (RG) 85, and are housed in the Federal Archives and Records Center, Philadelphia, Pa.&nbsp;  
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The files are part of the records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group (RG) 85, and are housed in the Federal Archives and Records Center, Philadelphia, Pa.&nbsp; These case files were prepared by the staff of the regional office to enforce the various Chinese exclusion acts passed by Congress during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.  
 
 
For a list of an index and files currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1888682/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
 
 
 
This collection includes records for the years 1900 to 1923.&nbsp;
 
 
 
These case files were prepared by the staff of the regional office to enforce the various Chinese exclusion acts passed by Congress during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  
 
 
 
The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.  
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
{{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1144. Washington D.C.: National Archives, n.d.}}
 
  
[[Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Case Files of Chinese Immigrants (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
== Record Content  ==
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== What Can these Records Tell Me? ==
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Records usually include the following information:  
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These records usually include the following information:  
 
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Date of arrival
 
*Date of arrival
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
Begin your search by finding your ancestors in the index. Name indexes make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Check the index for the surname and then the given name. You may need to look at many entries to find the one you are seeking. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.  
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When searching the index it is helpful to know the full name of your ancestor and the approximate date of immigration. If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*At least one other piece of information
  
Use the locator information found in the index (such as name of the ship, page, or entry number) to locate your ancestors in the records. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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=== View the Images ===
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View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/1888682/waypoints Browse Page].
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# Select '''Index Type'''
  
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:
 
  
Use passenger lists to:
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
*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.
 
  
You may also find these tips helpful:
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1888682 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
*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.
 
  
If you do not find the name you are looking for, try the following:
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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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. 
  
*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.  
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
*Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the passenger lists year by year.  
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*Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records.  
*Search the indexes of other port cities.
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*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
 
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*Use the information to find additional family members.
Please note that when you select an image to view, sometimes the manifest includes more than one page, and when you use the "click to enlarge manifest" link, the image that appears is not always the first page of the record. You may need to click on the "previous" or "next" links to view the remaining pages of the full manifest.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
 
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*[[Pennsylvania Church Records|Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/1pa/ship.htm Passenger Ship Records of Pennsylvania]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[China Emigration and Immigration|China Emigration and Immigration]]<br>
 
*[[Pennsylvania|Pennsylvania]]<br>
 
*[[Pennsylvania Emigration and Immigration]]
 
*[[Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now? === 
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*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.
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname.  This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
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*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. 
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*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. 
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.shtml nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.  
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [[Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=345&query=%2Bplace%3A"United%20States%2C%20Pennsylvania"%20%2Bkeywords%3Aimmigrants FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
{{Contributor invite}}
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==Citing this Collection==
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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.  
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923" Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1144. Washington D.C.: National Archives, n.d.}} <br><br>
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
  
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
  
"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files for Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923." &nbsp;digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://familysearch.org https://familysearch.org]: accessed 15 April 2011). Moy Quong; citing Immigration Files, 0001A-018C, Images 20-25; District 4 of the Immigration and Naturalization Service NARA M1144.
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Record Description
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1900-1923
Microfilm Publication M1144. Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1895-1920, from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
National Archives Identifier 4497864
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What is in the Collection?

This collection includes case files for Chinese immigrants arriving through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the years 1900 to 1923. This collection corresponds to NARA publication M1144: Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1895-1920, from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

A detailed Romanized surname index is provided in alphabetical order on pages 8-96 (image #13-101) with corresponding case numbers listed. A separate index of ship names is on pages 97-117 (image #102-122). A table of the 51 rolls of microfilm included in this collection is also given with corresponding case numbers contained in each roll listed on pages 118-119 (image #123-124).

The files are part of the records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group (RG) 85, and are housed in the Federal Archives and Records Center, Philadelphia, Pa.  These case files were prepared by the staff of the regional office to enforce the various Chinese exclusion acts passed by Congress during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia - Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

Records usually include the following information:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Birthplace
  • Name of ship
  • Date of arrival

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • At least one other piece of information

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page.

  1. Select Index Type


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


For more 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 Pennsylvania, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Pennsylvania Archives and Libraries.
  • Search in the "United%20States%2C%20Pennsylvania"%20%2Bkeywords%3Aimmigrants FamilySearch Library Catalog

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:

"Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1144. Washington D.C.: National Archives, n.d.

Image Citation:

When looking at an image, the citation is found 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 Pennsylvania, Philadelphia - Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923.


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