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California, San Diego, Chinese Passenger and Crew Lists, 1905-1923
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San Diego, San Diego County, California, 
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger and Crew Lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1905-1923
Microfilm Publication A3470. Chinese Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Diego, California, October 1905-July 1923. 1 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 3902175
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Diego, California from foreign ports. The passenger lists cover arrival from October 26, 1905 to July 27, 1923. The crew lists cover January 16,1910 to February 20, 1916 and include name, occupation, age, height and birthplace.

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Passenger / Crew list

  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Birthplace
  • Birth date
  • Port and date of entry
  • Physical description and distinguishing marks
  • Reason for leaving US
  • Residence in US

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