Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954
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|Record Type||Card Manifest of Arrivals|
|Record Group||RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service|
|Microfilm Publication||M1478. Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Entries through the Port of Detroit, MI, 1905-1954. 117 rolls.|
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- 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 Known Issues
- 7 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This is an alphabetical card file manifest of individuals entering the United States through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954. Includes a few records of persons entering at Port Huron, Sault St. Marie, and other Michigan ports. Corresponds to NARA Publication M1478: Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Individuals Entering Through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954
Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Manifest The index cards may contain all or part of the following information:
- Name of passenger, including maiden name of women
- Port and date of departure
- Port and date of entry
- Name of ship
- Country of citizenship
- Names of persons accompanying passenger
- Age, gender, marital status and occupation of passenger
- Date and place of birth of passenger
- Address of last permanent residence
- Name and address of friend or relative at last address
- Final destination
- 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]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The full name of your ancestor
- The approximate date of immigration
If you do not know this information, check the census records after 1900.
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What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
Use passenger lists to:
- Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
- Confirm their date of arrival
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
- Continue to search the passenger lists to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have immigrated at the same time
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the name
- Look for other indexes. Records are often indexed by local historical and genealogical societies
- Search the passenger lists year by year
- Search the indexes of other port cities
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Michigan.
- Beginning Research in United States Immigration and Emigration Records
- Michigan Guided Research
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
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