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California, San Diego Passenger Lists, 1904-1952
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San Diego, San Diego County, California, 
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger Lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1904-1952
Microfilm Publication A3471. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Diego,California, 1904-1952. 15 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 3933476 414
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images and an index of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Diego, California from February 10,1904 to March 25, 1952 from foreign ports. These records correspond with NARA publication A3471 part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The lists are arranged by date of arrival.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Passenger List

  • Full name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Citizenship
  • Race
  • Last permanent residence
  • Birthplace
  • Destination

  • Port and date of departure
  • Port and date of entry
  • Name of ship
  • Names of persons accompanying passenger
  • Birth date
  • Address of last permanent residence
  • Name and address of friend or relative at last address
  • Name and address of friend or relative in U.S.
  • Physical description and distinguishing marks
  • Who paid for passage
  • Purpose of visit

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

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  • The name of the person
  • The approximate date of immigration

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

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

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  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

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