Japan Passenger Lists (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Japan, Passenger Lists, 1893-1941
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|Title in the Language:||タイトル: 日本, 海外渡航者名簿|
- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can these Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?
This collection contains a list of Japanese emigrants from the country as recorded by the Diplomatic Record Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The records are from an index of overseas travelers processed through Japanese emigration agents and related immigration papers for the years 1893-1941.
These records are used to identify the permanent domicile of the head of the household, which is helpful in obtaining the koseki, the Japanese word for a family registry. These records are good linkage records. They are particularly helpful for American researchers who are trying to determine where their Japanese ancestor came from.
Japanese emigration records were generated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japanese Diplomacy office at the time when people emigrated from Japan.
Reading These Records
These records are in Japanese. For help reading these records see the following guides:
What Can these Records Tell Me?
The following information may be found in these records:
How Do I Search This Collection?
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the person you are looking for
- Approximate date of arrival
Search the Index
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. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?
- If you are wondering what to do next with the record you found, be sure to look at all of the information on other family records. This information will help you figure out relationships and form family groups
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date
- Find the place of birth for your ancestor
- Use the residence to locate census records
- Use the destination information to look for immigration records
- If you are unable to find your ancestor, search for your ancestor’s nickname and various spellings of the name
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Japan.
Citing This Collection
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
- Collection Citation
- "日本海外渡航者名簿，1893-1941." Database. FamilySearch. https://FamilySearch.org : 18 April 2017. 日本外務省外交史料館, 東京 (Diplomatic Record Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan), Tokyo.
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
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