Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Card Manifest of Arrivals
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1906-1954
Microfilm Publication M1478. Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Entries through the Port of Detroit, MI, 1905-1954. 117 rolls.
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What is in This Collection?

This is an alphabetical card file manifest of individuals entering the United States through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954. Includes a few records of persons entering at Port Huron, Sault St. Marie, and other Michigan ports. Corresponds to NARA Publication M1478: Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Individuals Entering Through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954

Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. 

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index cards may contain all or part of the following information:

  • Port and date of departure
  • Port and date of entry
  • Name of ship
  • Country of citizenship
  • Name of passenger, including maiden name of women
  • Names of persons accompanying passenger
  • Age, gender, marital status and occupation of passenger
  • Date and place of birth of passenger
  • Address of last permanent residence
  • Name and address of friend or relative at last address
  • Final destination
  • Name and address of friend or relative in U.S.
  • Physical description and distinguishing marks
  • Who paid for passage
  • Purpose of visit

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date of immigration.

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

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What Do I Do Next?

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the name.
  • Look for other indexes. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies.
  • Search the passenger lists year by year.
  • Search the indexes of other port cities.

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Collection Citation

"Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1478. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

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