California, San Francisco, Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records, 1910-1941 is a free collection at FamilySearch for browsable images of inbound passenger manifests, crew lists, and changes in the crew. These records are arranged in chronological order by date of arrival.

“The passenger lists are form 1-415 (manifest of inbound passengers, alien) and form 1-416 (manifest of inbound passengers, US citizens or nationals). The collection corresponds to NARA Publication M1411: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at San Francisco, CA, December 1, 1954-February 1, 1957. There is a gap in the original records between September 18, 1955 and November 8, 1955.”


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What Can I Learn from California Immigration Records?

California Immigration records may include:

  • the Name of the ship
  • the Port of embarkation
  • the Date and Seaport of Entry
  • the Final Destination
  • the Name of the passenger
  • Passenger’s age, birthplace, gender, civil status, occupation, nationality
  • Passenger’s destination, can read/write, last permanent residence, who paid for passage
  • Declaration of money in possession, has passenger been in US before, has passenger been in prison
  • Is passenger a polygamist, under contract to labor
  • Name and address of relative or friend passenger will join
  • Statement of health
  • Description of passenger


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