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San Francisco, California, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Special Inquire Office Records
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization
Collection years 1910-1941
Microfilm Publication M1388. Registers of Persons Held for Boards of Special Inquiry at the San Francisco, California, immigration Office, February 1910-May 1941. 4 rolls.
Arrangement Arrival Date and by Ship Name
National Archives Identifier 4468084 414
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of registers of persons held for Boards of Special Inquiry at the San Francisco, California, Immigration Office, February 1910-May 1941. This collection corresponds to NARA Publication M1388 and is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The collection is arranged by arrival date, and by ship

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The records may contain:

  • Name of ship
  • Port of embarkation
  • Date and seaport of entry
  • Final destination
  • Whether or not ticket to final destination
  • Name of passenger
  • Birth place
  • Age in years and months
  • Gender
  • Civil status
  • Occupation
  • Whether or not can read and write
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Who paid for passage
  • Declaration of money in possession
  • Whether or not has been in U. S. before
  • Whether or not passenger has been in prison
  • Whether or not passenger is a polygamist
  • Name and address of relative or friend passenger plans to join
  • Whether or not under contract to labor
  • General condition and statement of health
  • Description of passenger

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your immigrant ancestor
  • The approximate age or date of immigration

If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.

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Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

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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.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • In case you need to find this record again later, copy the citation below in the Citing This Collection section.
  • Use the information found in the record to find other port records, and ship’s manifests.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records.
  • If applicable, search for military records as well.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, try searching other possible localities or ports of entry.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names.
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived. Then look for the naturalization petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts, then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.

Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 28 July 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1388. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

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