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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948
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Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 
United States
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Record Description
Record Type Passenger Lists Index Cards
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1883-1948
Microfilm Publication T526. Index(Soundex)to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia,PA,January 1, 1883-June 28, 1948. 61 rolls.
Arrangement By Soundex Code Number
National Archives Identifier 4490777 414
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of a name index and images from a Soundex card index to Philadelphia passenger lists from 1 Jan 1883 through 28 Jun 1948. Each card contains the given name, family name, place of birth, age, gender, occupation, nationality, last permanent residence, destination, name & address of relative or friend, port & date of entry, name of ship, and the volume, page, and line number in the passenger lists. The cards are field according to the Soundex number associated with each family name and then by given names. This collection corresponds to NARA publication T526: Index (Soundex) Cards, Ship Arrivals at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1883-1948. Passenger arrival lists do not exist from July 1, 1948 to November 30, 1954.

The soundex index is a phonetic index that groups together names that sound alike but are spelled differently, for example, Stewart and Stuart. The index cards are filed according to the soundex number associated with each family name and then by given names. For more information on soundex indexes and help with coding names and using the index, see the wiki article: Soundex

This collection indexes passenger lists on NARA publication T840 Passenger Lists of vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1883-1945.

Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. Arrival lists were used by legal authorities to gather personal information about immigrants prior to the person being allowed to live in the United States. The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names.

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To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Full name of passenger
  • Number of persons accompanying passenger
  • Birth place
  • Age, gender, marital status and occupation
  • Place of nativity
  • Whether passenger is able to read and write
  • Last permanent residence
  • Name and address of relative or friend in former country
  • What is final destination
  • Physical description
  • Arrival date and port of entry
  • Name of ship
  • Volume and page number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate year of arrival to Philadelphia

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

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

  • Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, ship’s manifests, birth, christening, census, and land records
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Use the information to find additional family members in census records
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death for the family
  • Search for naturalization records
  • Search for land and probate records

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

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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