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United States, California, San Francisco, Registers of Chinese Laborers Returning to the U.S., 1882-1888
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San Francisco, California, 
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Record Description
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1882-1888
Microfilm Publication A3362. Partnership Lists of Chinese Firms in San Francisco, California and Nationwide, 1893-1907; and Index to Chinese Departing from San Francisco, 1912-1943. 2 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 4497917
Language English
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This collection contains the arrival records of Chinese laborers reentering the U.S. through the San Francisco port during 1882-1888.

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  • Last place of residence
  • Age
  • Height
  • Eye color
  • Physical marks
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  • Name of vessel departing U.S.
  • Date of departure
  • Name of vessel returning to U.S.
  • Date of original arrival in U.S.
  • Name of company providing transportation

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