United States, Passport Applications (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Access the records: United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925 .
- 1 Record Description
- 2 Record Content
- 3 How to Use the Record
- 4 Related Websites
- 5 Related Wiki Articles
- 6 Contributions to This Article
- 7 Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
This collection contains United States Passport Applications from two different NARA collections: M1490, and M1372.
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.
- “United States, Passport Applications, 1795-1925.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.: NARA Numbers M1371, M1490, and M1372
These records usually contain the following information:
- Application date
- Application place
- Birth date
- Birth place
- Name of husband or father
- Husband's or father's birth date
- Husband's or father's birth place
- Husband's or father's residence
- Husband's or father's citizenship information
- Applicant's residence
- Applicant's occupation
- Length of time intending to be out of the U.S.
- Where traveling to
- Why traveling
- Port of departure
- Name of vessel
- Date of departure
- Oath of allegiance statement
- Applicant's age
- Applicant's physical description
- Witness' statement
- Witness' signature
- Applicant's signature
- Applicant's photograph
- Name and position of person receiving application and witness' statement
- Name and location of court where application and witness' statement was made
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- Name of the individual
- Identifying information such as birth date and place
Search the Collection
To search the collection
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "NARA Publication Number" category
⇒Select the "Roll Number, Date Range, Certificate Number" category which takes you to the images.
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the name, birth date and birth place to obtain a birth record.
- Use the name and application place or residence to search US federal census records.
- If you are unable to locate your ancestor look for various spellings of the names.
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Contributions to This Article
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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections
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