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Find your ancestor's immigration or naturalization year. Search Passport Applications, Alien Registrations, Almshouse Records, Oaths of Allegiance, Census Records, City Directories, Land Records, Ships Passenger Lists, Newspapers or Voters Registrations
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What an American Passport Will Tell You

Passport applications are often a valuable source of genealogical information. Some immigrants applied for passports to return home to visit family or friends. These records usually give a place of birth or at least the destination (which is often the home town)

Did Your Ancestor Need a Passport?

Until 1941, American citizens were not required to have a passport for travel abroad. Exceptions to this general rule were:

* Passports were required from August 19, 1861, to March 17, 1862, during the Civil War.
* Passports were recommended, but not required, as of December 15, 1915, by Executive Order stating that all persons leaving the U.S. should have passports.
* Passports were required from May 22, 1918 until the formal termination of World War I in 1921 by treaties.
* Passports have been required since the passage of the act of June 21, 1941

Passports and passport applications can provide the following genealogy information:
Example of a USA Passport* family, marital status
* birth place and date
* name of wife
* residence
* father's name and place of birth
* naturalization year
* name of ship, port and date of entry (after 1900)
* photograph of ancestor

1922 Passport for Gustav & Betty Stiefel. His passport applicaton providing his father's name and residence, as well as Gustav's town of birth can be found in Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925

example 1865 Passport Application1865 Passport Application found in Passports 1795-1905 Genealogy information includes name, age, physical description, State where resides, date of application
example passport 1900 female 1900 Passport Application found in Passports 1795-1905 Genealogy information includes name, age, father's nationality, physical description, occupation, residence, date of application

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What Years are Available for American Passports

The first passport issued in USA was dated July 1796. However until 1914 American citizens did not require a passport to travel abroad.

After 1888 there were separate passports for native citizens, naturalized citizens and derivative citizens.

Where to Find American Passports

NARA has passport applications from October 1795-March 1925. The U. S. Department of State has passport applications from April 1925 to the present. Passports before 1925 have been filmed by NARA and LDS church as passport records, passport registers, and passport indexes

Passports 1925 and later are found at
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1425 K Street NY
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Naturalization & Passport CDs & Books

marker for naturalization records in USA Passports of Southeastern Pioneers, 1770-1823: Indian, Spanish and Other Land Passports for Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, North and South Carolina . (Baltimore, Md: Gateway Press, 1982) by Dorothy Williams Potter
marker for naturalization records in USA Schaefer, Christine.Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1997)
marker for naturalization records in USA Szucs, Loretto Dennis.They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records & Ethnic Origins Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, 1998
marker for naturalization records in USA Brick Wall Help

NARA Passport Resources

Index To Passport Applications, 1850-52, 1860-80, 1881, 1906-23 [NARA M1848] Use the Registers and Indexes first to find the application date and passport number, then look for the passport application.

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Passports 1795-1905 shows Citizenship, residence, family, date & place of birth, occupation
* U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 includes index and images for
  • Passport Applications, 1795-1905; (National Archives Microfilm M1372, 694 rolls)
  • Passport Applications, January 2, 1906-March 31, 1925; (National Archives Microfilm M1490, 2740 rolls)
  • Registers and Indexes for Passport Applications, 1810-1906; (National Archives Microfilm M1371, rolls 1-3, 13)
  • Emergency Passport Applications (Passports Issued Abroad), 1877-1907; (National Archives Microfilm M1834, 56 rolls)

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USA American Ancestor PassportWilliam Clinton Jessup of Connecticut 14 May 1920 Passport & Photo
USA American Ancestor Passport Josef Spolek Passport 1883
USA American Ancestor PassportPassport for Anna Epping (late Cole) and son William from Germany to United States 1923 - Cuyahoga Ohio
USA American Ancestor Passport1939 American Passport for Ida Katharyn Waltz of Indiana
USA American Ancestor Passport 1920 Passport & American Red Cross American Expeditionary Force ID Card for Raymond J. Thomas, M.D of Chicago Illinois
USA American Ancestor Passport 1924 Passport for Ramona E. Wulff of Sacremento California
USA American Ancestor Passport 1948 Passport Leonardo & Michael Cazzorla of New York
USA American Ancestor Passport 1922 Passport for Gustav & Betty Stiefel, New York City New York
USA American Ancestor Passport 1897 Russian Passport for Barnet Kreit aka Berko Kraid of New York

American Ancestor Passports on Other Sites

Passports issued from Sep 1918-Jan 1919 in Philadelphia, PA
* 1920 Italian passport of Angelina Giordano wife of Philip Lovetere of New Jersey including photo of Angelina born 1895 in Italy
* 1927 Italian passport of Leonardo Giordano father of Angelina Giordano including photo of Leonardo born 1864 in Italy
* Dutch Passport of Johanna Bosselaar issued 24-05-1955. Johanna Bosselaar Kloosterman born 1892 Holland immigrated to America
Passports From Other Countries
* 1871 Austrian passport
* 1899 Hungarian passport there are several images for this passport. Change the URL in your browser window by one number each time to see all the images - So where it shows as change the 04 to 05, then 06 then 07 etc
* 1907 Hungarian passport
* 1909 Hungarian passport
* 1912 U.S. Passport Application - Samuel Feldman, US Citizen, born Kolbasov, SK (formerly Hungary)
* 1915 Hungary passport
* 1920 Czechoslovakia Passport
* 1929 Czechoslovakia passport
* Passport issued in Malta to Joseph Zarb, a British subject going to Portsmouth, December 1898
* Brazilian Passport of Joćo Robertson AKA John Robertson, 1882 Captain John Robertson, naturalized Brazilian citizen, natural of London, English Empire, son of Guilherme Robertson, issued passport to go to England
* Passport holder made of fabric, owned by John Chekatauskas, circa 1930
* Passport of Isador Hirschberger, father of artist killed at Dora Concentration camp. [Off-site]
* Jerusalem Passport of Nadji Nissan [Off-site]
* Israeli Passport of Uzi Nissan [Off-site]

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