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California, San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index, 1936-1949
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San Francisco, California, 
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Record Description
Record Type Airplane Arrival Card Index
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1936-1949
Microfilm Publication A3361. Register of Citizen Arrivals (1943-1947) and Alien Arrivals (1936-1949) by Aircraft at San Francisco, California. 2 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 4490795 414
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of index cards which are arranged by series then chronologically by date of arrival by passenger then alien arrivals. This collection corresponds with NARA publication A3361: Register of Citizen (1943-1947) and Alien (1936-1949) Arrivals by Aircraft at San Francisco, California part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for California, San Francisco Airplane Arrival Card Index, 1936-1949.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Arrival Index

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Address
  • Date of arrival
  • Airport of arrival
  • Airplane number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The date or place of birth
  • The approximate date of immigration

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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the NARA Roll Number - Contents to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the California Archives San Francisco.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • If applicable, search for military records
  • 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

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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, then 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

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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