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United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925
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Record Description
Record Type Passport
Record Group RG 59: General Records of the Department of State
Collection years 1795-1925
Microfilm Publication M1372. Passport Applications,1795-1905. 694 rolls.
  M1490. Passport Applications, Jan 2, 1906-Mar 31, 1925. 2740 rolls.
Arrangement By Application Date.
National Archives Identifier 566612583830388
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains United States Passport Applications from two different NARA collections: M1490, and M1372 from Record Group 59 General Records of the Department of State. This collection is currently being indexed and the indexed records are being published. The collections are arranged by date of application.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Passport Applications

  • Name
  • Application date and place
  • Birth date and place
  • Name of husband or father
  • Husband's or father's birth date and birth place
  • Husband's or father's residence
  • Husband's or father's citizenship information
  • Applicant's residence
  • Applicant's occupation
  • Length of time intending to be out of the U.S.
  • Where traveling to
  • Why traveling
  • Port of departure
  • Name of vessel
  • Date of departure
  • Oath of allegiance statement
  • Applicant's age
  • Applicant's physical description
  • Witness' statement
  • Witness' signature
  • Applicant's signature
  • Applicant's photograph
  • Name and position of person receiving application and witness' statement
  • Name and location of court where application and witness' statement was made

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the individual on the passport
  • The birth date and birth place of the person applying for a passport
  • The state and country where the person applied for a passport

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  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 NARA Publication Number
  2. Select Roll Number, Date Range, Certificate Number 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]

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

  • Use the name, birth date and birth place to obtain a birth record
  • Use the name and application place or residence to search federal census records

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

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the United States.


Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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