• Passenger Manifest Annotations

    The National Archives houses passenger manifests from vessels arriving to the United States from foreign ports between approximately 1820 and the mid-twentieth century. The records are arranged by the port of arrival....
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  • Records of WWI Enemy Alien Internment

    With the declaration of war on April 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson called on residents in the United States, citizen and immigrant alike, to loyally uphold all laws and to support all measures adopted in order to ...
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  • Naturalization Records at the National Archives

    Naturalization is the process by which an alien becomes an American citizen. It is a voluntary act; naturalization is not required.   Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state,...
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  • 1940 Alien Registration

    The Alien Registration Act of 1940 required that each alien living within U.S. borders go to their local post office and register their alien status with the government during a four month period ending in December of...
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  • Passenger Arrival List Research Tips

    Passenger arrival lists are a wonderful resource for genealogists.  There are a number of useful search tricks and common errors that researchers should keep in mind to ensure success in locating an ancestor. &#...
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  • Researching Immigrants during the Civil War (Record Group 110)

    When you are researching immigrants during the Civil War time period, Record Group 110 (RG 110), Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), may be a good source of information. For the most par...
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  • Voluntary Departures to Obtain Lawful Admission

    During the 1940s immigrants needed to follow standard processes to adjust their residency status in the United States.  For immigrants seeking permanent status whose temporary status was running out or who were t...
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  • Locating Visa Files at NARA

    The Department of State issues visas to foreigners traveling to the United States.  Before World War I, alien visitors did not require visaed passports in order to enter the United States (except for a brief time...
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  • Alien Files (A-Files) at NARA

    What is an A-File? The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began issuing aliens an Alien Registration number in 1940, and on April 1, 1944, began using this number to create individual case files, called Alie...
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  • Immigration and Naturalization Records: Where are they?

    IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION RECORDS Have you been searching for years and wondered where can you find immigration and naturalization records for a family member that came to America? Or you finally found a single ...
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