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ELLIS ISLAND: CARD INDEXES
 

Ellis Island, N.Y.
1904

Information listed:
Name
Age
and ____ members of family
Citizen of
Steamer (Name)
Line (Steamship)
Date of immigration
New York
Group No.
List No.

 

Philadelphia, PA
1907

Information listed:

Family Name
Given Name
Accompanied by
Place of birth (town, country, etc.)
Age
Sex
Marital Status
Occupation
Read
Write
Race
Nationality
Last Permanent Residence (town, country, etc.)
Name and address of nearest relative or friend in country where alien came
Ever in U.S.
From
To
Where
Passage paid by
Destination, and name and address of relative or friend to join them
Money shown
Ever arrested and deported or excluded from admission
Head tax status
Height
Complexion
Hair
Eyes
Distinguishing marks
Seaport and date of landing and name of steamship
Volume number
Page number
Line number
 

Ellis Island, N.Y.
Cards like this give
much less information.

This card was used between 1911 and 1943. The cards are grouped by Soundex code, indicated at the top left corner--then the name of the immigrant, their age and sex (here a thirty-five year old male), line 8 (on the ship manifest), page number (82) & Volume (12595.)
How much and what type of information is listed on these passenger arrival records card indexes varies. These cards were put on microfilm and either organized alphabetically by surname, or by a Soundex filing system, i.e. according  to a system of similar sounds. This system is alphabetical for the first letter of the immigrant's surname then numerically thereafter.

Please note that some of the names that appear on these index cards will not match up with the name listed on the ship manifest. This is due to poor handwriting on the card or the manifest or human error in general. Also, many arrivals will not be listed on an index card because the original ship manifest might have been lost, damaged or destroyed in the years preceding this card indexing project.

 
 


 



 

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