US Immigration Mexican Border Crossings
Mexican Border Crossings immigration records from Mexico to the United States often include detailed family information. Numerous Mexicans came to Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas in the late 19th and early 20th century. Records of 20th century Mexican border crossings are available at the National Archives and Family History Library. An online index is available at Border Crossings from Mexico to the United States (FamilySearch Historical Records). Microfilm of these records is organized by the immigration border town where the crossing took place.
Crossing the Frontera is a free online class with search tips and techniques to help you with Mexican Border Crossing records.
Mexico Border Stations
- Aros Ranch, Douglas, Lochiel, Naco and Nogales, Arizona, alien arrivals 1906-1910
- Douglas, alien arrivals 1906-1955
- Naco, index and manifests 1908-1952
- Nogales, index and manifests 1905-1952
- San Luis, alphabetical manifests 1929-1952
- Sasabe/San Fernanodo, index and manifests 1919-1952
- Andrade and Campo (Tecate), alien arrivals 1910-1952
- San Ysidro (Tia Juana) alien arrivals 1908-1952
- Columbus, New Mexico, alphabetical manifests 1917-1954
- see also Texas: El Paso, Fabens, Fort Hancock, Ysleta
- Border Crossings from Mexico to the United States
- Brownsville, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, Laredo, Presidio, Rio Grande City, and Roma, Texas, alien arrivals 1903-1909 (A3365)
- Brownsville, indexes and manifests 1905-1953 (M1502)
- Eagle Pass, chronological manifests 1905-1953 (M1758)
- Eagle Pass, alphabetical cards 1905-1929 (M1754)
- Eagle Pass, index to manifests 1929-1953 (M2040)
- Eagle Pass, mostly alphabetical manifests 1928-1953 (M2041)
- El Paso, alphabetical manifests 1924-1954 (M1757)
- El Paso, alphabetical applications for I.D. cards 1945-1952 (M175)
- Fabens, alphabetical cards 1924-1954 (M1768)
- Fort Hancock, alphabetical manifests 1924-1954 (M1766)
- Laredo, alien arrivals 1903-1907 (M2008)
- Laredo, alphabetical manifest cards 1903-1929 (A3379)
- Laredo, alphabetical manifest cards 1929-1955 (M1722)
- Progreso/Thayer, index and manifests 1928-1955 (M1851)
- Roma, index and manifests 1928-1955 (M1503)
- Ysleta, alphabetical manifests and applications for I.D. cards 1924-1954 (M1849)
- Zapata, indexes and manifests 1923-1953 (M2024)
Card Manifest Descriptions
Card manifests were collected for each person crossing the border. These forms were patterned after the ship manifest cards used at other ports. Different types of card manifests were implemented for various purposes. The most common forms are described below. When viewing these cards it is important to check the reverse side of the card. The "back side" of the card many include instructions about the card, lists of multiple entries into the U.S. for the individual, or an attached photograph.
Statistical reports are for immigrants from outside the Western Hemisphere.
Non-statistical reports are for immigrants coming from Western Hemisphere nations.
|U.S. Immigration Mexican Border Crossing Card Manifests|
| Form 548
Most Common Manifest
| Generally includes:
| Form 502
| Printed and intended as a card index to ship passenger arrivals. The form listed:
Adapted for use with land border arrivals with
The serial number and date of arrival may be used to find the corresponding sheet manifest.
|Form 621, Statistical|| Generally includes:
|Form 622, Statistical|| Generally includes:
About this collection
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