3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 16, 2021 1:03 PM by Zachary Dabbs

    Seeking passenger information for Mathew Grozier Robson

    Raymond Freeman Newbie

      My great uncle, Mathew Grozier Robson, landed in Newport News in November 1882 from England. Can any one help with passenger information?

          • Re: Seeking passenger information for Mathew Grozier Robson
            Raymond Freeman Newbie

            Thank you very much Alice ,

            I already have all that information, the Robson mentioned is sadly not the one I’m looking for, .

            my man is Mathew GROZIER ,Robson and he landed at Newport News 1882, I’m also looking for his two brothers and their wives  Charles EDWARD Robson And his wife Mary Annie , and Joshua WATSON Robson and his wife Isabella ,but I think they went out a year or two later ,thank you for your help , it’s much appreciated Ray x

          • Re: Seeking passenger information for Mathew Grozier Robson
            Zachary Dabbs Scout

            Dear Mr. Freeman,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog but were unable to locate passenger lists for Newport News, Virginia during the 1880s. The nearest match we located in the Catalog is the series Inward Foreign Manifests, 9/16/1898 - 11/30/1900 for the Port of Newport News in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36). For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Philadelphia (RE-PA) at philadelphia.archives@nara.gov.


            We also located the Population Schedules for the 1890 Census; the Population Schedules for the 1900 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and  the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Matthew G. Robson and his brothers.  The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov. The census often includes date of birth and naturalization status.


            You may wish to search Ancestry or FamilySearch for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


            Another potential source of information regarding the Robson brothers are naturalization records. Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship. Often petitioners went to the court most geographically convenient for them. As a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. However, a few indexes and records have been donated to the National Archives from counties, states, and local courts. In certain cases county court naturalization records maintained by the National Archives are available as microfilm publications.


            If the naturalization took place in a Federal court, naturalization indexes, declarations of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petitions for naturalization will usually be in the National Archives facility serving the state in which the Federal court is located. No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with the National Archives, researchers should include: the name of petitioner (including known variants); date of birth; approximate date of entry to the US; approximate date of naturalization; where the individual was residing at the time of naturalization (city/county/state); and country of origin. Please contact the National Archives at Philadelphia (RE-PA) at philadelphia.archives@nara.gov to determine if relevant records from Federal or lower courts in Virginia are available. Records from state and local courts may be located at the Library of Virginia.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RE-PA and RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            All Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records are now overseen by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS also maintains duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning on April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). Searches of UCIS indexes, as well as of the C-Files and certain A-Files, may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


            Lastly, we suggest that you contact the Virginia Department of Health Office of Vital Records to request a search for marriage and death certificates.  You may wish to note any name variants or broaden your search for the surrounding years. In addition, the FamilySearch Research wiki for Virginia Vital Records and Virginia Emigration and Immigration may be helpful.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!