United States, Vessels Arriving at Various Ports in Louisiana and Texas - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Record Description
Record Type Passenger lists
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1908-1955
Microfilm Publication M1514. Indexes of Vessels Arriving at Brownsville,Texas,1935-1955;Houston,Texas,1948-1954; and at Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas and Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1908-1954. 1 rolls.
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains an index of vessels arriving at ports in Brownsville, Beaumont, Houston, and Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana from 1908-1955. It corresponds with National Archives Microfilm Publication M1514 . The records are part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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  • Date of arrival

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