Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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El Paso, Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1905-1927
Microfilm Publication A3406. Nonstatistical Manifests and Statistical Index Cards of Aliens Arriving at El Pasco, 1905-1927. 129 rolls.
Arrangement Alphabetical by last name then by first name
National Archives Identifier 4492771414
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection contains over 575,000 Non-statistical Manifests and Statistical Index Cards of Aliens arriving at El Paso, Texas and corresponds with NARA publication A3406 and is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The collection covers the years 1905 to 1927.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

Passenger lists generally include the following information:

  • Name
  • Birth place
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Occupation
  • Nationality
  • Last permanent residence
  • Destination
  • Name and address of relative or friend
  • Port and date of entry

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  • 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.
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Collection Citation:

"Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA publication A3406. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.


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