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New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, 
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Record Description
Record Type Crew and Passenger Lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1910-1945
Microfilm Publication T939. Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, LA, 1910-1945. 311 rolls.
Arrangement Chronological
National Archives Identifier 4492828 414
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains crew lists from vessels arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana from 1910–1945, which corresponds with NARA collection T939 and consists of forms provided to the Immigration and Naturalization Service by shipmasters about their crews and passengers.


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General Information About Crew and Passenger Lists[edit | edit source]

On 28 February 1803, Congress pact an act to protect American seaman from impressment (enforced service on a foreign ship). The act required American ships arriving from or departing on a foreign voyage to file crew lists at the ships port of entry. Impressment ended after the War of 1812; however, crew lists continued to be filed into the 20th century. Crew lists were prepared by the master of a ship and show the full names, nationality, passport or discharge book number, rank, description, and age of every officer and crew member serving on a ship. The crew list was one of the ship's essential documents. The list was always requested to be handed over to the customs and immigration authorities when the ship arrived at the port authority.

The passenger list is also requested by customs and immigration authorities. Passenger arrival lists, or customs manifests, date back to 1820. The first official emigration station for New York was Castle Garden, located at the tip of lower Manhattan. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrant’s arrival. After January 1892, passengers arriving in New York debarked at Ellis Island, located east of Manhattan in the New York Harbor. From 1892 to 1924, almost all immigrants entered the United States through the port of New York. When passengers arrived at Ellis Island, they were asked a series of questions designed to determine whether they would be able to support themselves and did not have any health problems. The information was supplied by the immigrant or a traveling companion (usually a family member). Only 2% of immigrants were denied entry into the United States. Incorrect information was occasionally given, or mistakes may have been made when the clerk guessed at the spelling of foreign names. These indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Crew lists may contain:

  • Name of ship and port of departure
  • Ship's arrival date and port of entry
  • Names of crew members
  • Position or rank in the ship's crew
  • When and where engaged as a member of the crew
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Physical description


Passenger lists, particularly later lists, may contain:

  • Name of ship and port of departure
  • Ship's arrival date and port of entry
  • Names of immigrants
  • Immigrants' age, gender, marital status and occupation
  • Country where immigrant has citizenship
  • Last place of residence in that country
  • Name of relative or friend living at last residence
  • Name of relative or friend to be visited in this country
  • Destination
  • Physical description
  • Birthplace

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived. Then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts, then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process
  • Check other possible ports of entry

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