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Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954
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Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, 
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Record Description
Record Type Card Manifest of Arrivals
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1906-1954
Microfilm Publication M1478. Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Entries through the Port of Detroit, MI, 1905-1954. 117 rolls.
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This is an alphabetical card file manifest of individuals entering the United States through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954. Includes a few records of persons entering at Port Huron, Sault St. Marie, and other Michigan ports. Corresponds to NARA Publication M1478: Card Manifests (Alphabetical) of Individuals Entering Through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954

Passenger arrival lists known as customs manifests date back to 1820. Congressional action in 1891 resulted in federal immigration officials recording the immigrants’ arrival. 

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Manifest The index cards may contain all or part of the following information:

  • Name of passenger, including maiden name of women
  • Port and date of departure
  • Port and date of entry
  • Name of ship
  • Country of citizenship
  • Names of persons accompanying passenger
  • Age, gender, marital status and occupation of passenger
  • Date and place of birth of passenger
  • Address of last permanent residence
  • Name and address of friend or relative at last address
  • Final destination
  • Name and address of friend or relative in U.S.
  • Physical description and distinguishing marks
  • Who paid for passage
  • Purpose of visit

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  • Search the indexes of other port cities

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