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 Immigration Records?
These records include:
- Name of ship
- Port of embarkation
- Date and seaport of entry
- Final destination
- Whether or not ticket to final destination
- Name of passenger
- Birth place
- Age in years and months
- Civil status
- Whether or not can read and write
- Last permanent residence
- Who paid for passage
- Declaration of money in possession
- Whether or not has been in U. S. before
- Whether or not passenger has been in prison
- Whether or not passenger is a polygamist
- Name and address of relative or friend passenger plans to join
- Whether or not under contract to labor
- General condition and statement of health
- Description of passenger
How Can Immigration Records Help Me Find Other Records?
- Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
- Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death
- Search for naturalization records
- Search for military records