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Between 1940 and 1 April 1944 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began Alien Registration for all cases involving aliens in the United States as they passed through the immigration and inspection process. There are over 300,000 files available belonging to individuals born from 1909 and earlier.
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== World War I ==
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An executive order was issued by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1917 requiring the registration of German born men ages fourteen and older who had not been naturalized. Registration occurred the the nearest United States District Court. German born women were required to register starting in April of 1918.  
  
== Record Content ==
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'''  Related Collections of Alien Registrations - National Archives '''
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/602456 Alien Enemy  Index, 1917-1919. NAID 602456]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7513259 Descriptive Enemy Cards, ca. 1914-ca. 1919 of enemy prisoners of war and alien enemies in prison. NAID 7513259.]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1157783 Alien Correspondence. War Department. Office of the Provost Marshal General. NAID 1157783]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5635505 Lists of Alien Suspects Investigated,1917-1918. Department of the Navy. Third Naval District. Ship Inspection Investigation Bureau. NAID 5635505]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7384967 Record of Aliens and Reporters,1918-1920. Office of Alien Property Custodian. Bureau of Investigation. NAID 7384967]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7381637 Records of Interned Aliens, 1917-1918. Office of Alien Property. Bureau of Investigation.  NAID 7381637]
  
These files can contain a lot of biographical information about an alien. Some of the information you might hope find could include:  
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/294758 Alien Registration Affidavits, 2.6.1918-6.28.1918.  US District Court, Phoenix Division, District of Arizona. NAID 294758]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/286181 Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1917-1921. RG 118, Dept. of Justice. Office of the US Marshal, District of Kansas. NAID 286181]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5917758 Alien Application Permits. Dept. of Justice. Office of the U.S. Marshall for the District of Kansas. NAID 5917758]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5752917 Alien Enemy Registrations, 1917-1920. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Franfort Term. NAID 5752917]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4706580 Lists and Forms Relating to Alien Registration, 1918. US District Court, Shreveport Division, Western District of Louisiana. NAID 4706580]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5821666 Reports on Aliens,1917-1919. Department of Justice. Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Judicial District of Minnesota. NAID 5821666]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5923162 Reports of Special Agents, 1917-1918. Department of Justice. Office of the US Attorney for the Judicial District of Minnesota. NAID 5923162]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5917191 Correspondence Relating to Enemy Alien and Espionage Act Violations. Department of Justice. Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Judicial District of Nebraska. NAID 5917191]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5889371 Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918,  US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. Raleigh Term. NAID 5889371]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/17408476 Case Files on Detained Enemy Aliens, 1917-1919, Western (Cincinnati) Division, of the Southern District of Ohio.  NAID 17408476]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/567234 Aliens' Applications for Permission to Depart from the United States, 1918-1919. Dept. of Labor. Bureau of Immigration, District 4 (Philadelphia). NAID 567234]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/7384971 Records of American Citizens Living Abroad, 1918-1921. Office of Alien Property. Bureau of Investigation. NAID 7384971]
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''' Related Collections - FamilySearch '''
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1878523 California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918. - FamilySearch Historical Records]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/663093?availability=Family%20History%20Library U.S. District Court (Kansas). Registration Affidavits of Aliens, 1918 - images]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/663130?availability=Family%20History%20Library U.S. District Court (North Dakota) .Enemy alien registration affidavits, correspondence, and supporting documentation, 1918 - images] 
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''' Reference Sources '''
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* Julie Miller. ''Enemy Alien Registration during World War I. '' NGS Magazine 44 (April-June 2018): 21-28. FHL 973 D25ngs
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/publications/prologue/2014/summer/germans.pdf Mary J. Manning. '' Being German, Being American. '' Prologue  (Summer, 2014): 15-22.]
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*[https://www.archives.gov/files/calendar/genealogy-fair/2014/handouts/session-16-presentation-handout-1of3-burnes.pdf ''Friend of Foe?: Documenting Alien Ancestors during Times of War.'' National Archives. 2014 Virtual Genealogy Fair.]
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== World War II ==
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''' Background Information '''
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Under the '''Alien Registration Act of 1940,''' immigrants in the United States were required to register and be fingerprinted.  Beginning 1 April 1944 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began creating Alien Files to record the cases of registered aliens as they passed through the United States immigration and inspection process, as well as their subsequent interactions with Federal agencies. There are over 450,000 Alien Files maintained by the National Archives (NARA) belonging to individuals born 1910 and prior. [https://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/enemy-aliens-overview World War II Enemy Alien Control Program Overview]
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''' Record Content '''
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Alien Files hold a wealth of data including visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, correspondence, and more. These files can contain a lot of biographical information about an alien. Some of the information you might hope find could include:  
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
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*Address  
 
*Address  
 
*Date of Birth  
 
*Date of Birth  
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*Place of Birth
 
*Citizenship/Nationality  
 
*Citizenship/Nationality  
 
*Gender  
 
*Gender  
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*Date and place of registration
 
*Date and place of registration
  
== How to locate Alien Registration Files ==
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'''  Alien  Registration Forms - National Archives '''
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576612 Arkansas,1940-1946. NAID 576612]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1143076 Colorado,1942-1946. NAID 1143076]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6171948 Delaware,1942-1946. NAID 6171948]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576614 Louisiana,1940-1946. NAID 576614]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1491221 Montana,1942-1946. NAID 1491221]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1145523 New Mexico,1942-1946. NAID 1145523]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576616 Oklahoma,1940-1946. NAID 576616]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/576580 Texas,1940-1946. NAID 576580]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1145525 Utah,1942-1946. NAID 1145525]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1145526 Wyoming,1942-1946. NAID 1145526]
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''' Alien and Japanese American Registration Forms - National Archives '''
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/633955 Idaho, 1942-1946. NAID 633955]
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/633956 Washington,1942-1946. NAID 633956]
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''' How to locate Alien Registration Files ''' 
  
You can request copies of these files through the National Archives (NARA).<br>  
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You can request copies of these files through the National Archives (NARA). The majority of the records can be found in the Kansas City National Archives location.    Some of the files from aliens living in the immigration districts of Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; Reno, Nevada; and San Francisco, California are housed in the National Archives Regional Office in San Bruno, California.
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An online index is available at the [http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/aliens/a-files-kansas-city.html NARA Kansas City website]
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An online index that includes both locations is available at the [http://www.archives.gov/research/immigration/aliens/a-files-kansas-city.html NARA website].
  
Click on [http://www.archives.gov/research/search/ Online Catalog] to begin your search.
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Click on [http://www.archives.gov/research/search/ Online Catalog] to begin your search.  
  
Enter the name of the person you are looking for.
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Enter the name of the person you are looking for.  
  
 
Next view your results. If the information appears to be the person you seek, contact NARA with the contact information found at the bottom of the results page. They will tell you how much copies will be and how to make payment.
 
Next view your results. If the information appears to be the person you seek, contact NARA with the contact information found at the bottom of the results page. They will tell you how much copies will be and how to make payment.
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*[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/10470286 Alien Registration Bureau, 7.20.1944-10.23.1945. Administrative History Note - National Archives]
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''' Related Collections - FamilySearch '''
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2729264 United States, War Relocation Authority centers, final accountability rosters, 1942-1946]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2043779 United States Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, 1942-1946]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2540918 United States Index to Alien Case Files, 1940-2003]
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[[Category: United States Emigration and Immigration]] [[Category:World War, 1914-1918]] [[Category:World War, 1939-1945]]

Latest revision as of 11:05, 31 March 2020

World War IEdit

An executive order was issued by President Woodrow Wilson in November 1917 requiring the registration of German born men ages fourteen and older who had not been naturalized. Registration occurred the the nearest United States District Court. German born women were required to register starting in April of 1918.

Related Collections of Alien Registrations - National Archives



Related Collections - FamilySearch


Reference Sources

World War IIEdit

Background Information

Under the Alien Registration Act of 1940, immigrants in the United States were required to register and be fingerprinted. Beginning 1 April 1944 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began creating Alien Files to record the cases of registered aliens as they passed through the United States immigration and inspection process, as well as their subsequent interactions with Federal agencies. There are over 450,000 Alien Files maintained by the National Archives (NARA) belonging to individuals born 1910 and prior. World War II Enemy Alien Control Program Overview

Record Content

Alien Files hold a wealth of data including visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, correspondence, and more. These files can contain a lot of biographical information about an alien. Some of the information you might hope find could include:

  • Name
  • Name at time of entry to the US
  • Other names used
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Citizenship/Nationality
  • Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Race
  • Height & Weight
  • Hair & Eye Color
  • Port, date, ship and class of admission at last arrival in US
  • Date of first arrival in US
  • Years lived in US
  • Intended stay in US
  • Usual occupation
  • Present occupation
  • Present employer, including address
  • Club, organization, or society memberships
  • Military service (Country, branch, dates)
  • Date and number of Declaration of Intention (if filed), and city and State where filed.
  • Date of Petition for Naturalization (if filed), and city and State where filed.
  • Arrest history
  • Fingerprint
  • Signature
  • Date and place of registration

Alien Registration Forms - National Archives

Alien and Japanese American Registration Forms - National Archives


How to locate Alien Registration Files

You can request copies of these files through the National Archives (NARA). The majority of the records can be found in the Kansas City National Archives location. Some of the files from aliens living in the immigration districts of Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; Reno, Nevada; and San Francisco, California are housed in the National Archives Regional Office in San Bruno, California.

An online index that includes both locations is available at the NARA website.

Click on Online Catalog to begin your search.

Enter the name of the person you are looking for.

Next view your results. If the information appears to be the person you seek, contact NARA with the contact information found at the bottom of the results page. They will tell you how much copies will be and how to make payment.


Related Collections - FamilySearch