Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Laredo, Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Arrival Manifests
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and NAturalization Service
Collection years 1903-1955
Microfilm Publication A3437. Manifests of Statistical and Some nonstatistical Alien Arrivals at Laredo, Texas, May 1903-April 1955. 119 rolls.
Arrangement Chronological by arrival then numerical by manifest year
National Archives Identifier 3887283414
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The collection "Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955" contains 520,000 arrival manifests at Laredo, Texas from 1903-1955. It corresponds to NARA Publication A3437: Manifests of Statistical and Nonstatistical Alien Arrivals at Laredo, Texas, May 1903 – April 1955 and is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The records are arranged chronologically then numerically by manifest number.

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  • Date of arrival
  • Name, age and gender of arrival
  • Physical description
  • Birth place
  • Marital status and occupation
  • Nationality and race
  • Ability to read and write?
  • Place of last residence
  • Final destination
  • Who paid for passage
  • Reason for entering the U.S.
  • Name and address of friend or relative in U.S.
  • Name of nearest relative in native country
  • Intent to naturalize
  • Names of those persons accompanying the immigrant

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"Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing NARA microfilm publication A3437. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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