More than 8.7 Million New US Immigration and Travel Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two brand US collections that will help you learn more about your immigrant ancestors.

United States Naturalization Petitions

United States Naturalization Petitions contains more than 7.8 million records spanning the years 1905 to 1950. The collection currently covers four states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and allows you to discover when and where your immigrant ancestor was born, how old they were when they first crossed the Atlantic and their port of entry. Images of the original documents may even include a photograph of your ancestor.

The United States government began to regulate the naturalization process, including the forms and courts authorized, in September 1906 with the formation of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (later known as the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS)). The changes that followed included more information being taken from applicants during the naturalization process as forms required applicants to record their occupation, birth date, and names of spouse and children.

US Passport Applications and Indexes

Discover when, where, and why your ancestors travelled with over 800,000 US Passport Application records. Applications may also include a physical description, your ancestor’s occupation, residence, naturalization details, the name of their spouse, date of birth and place of birth. Most applications are one to two pages in length and, from 21 December 1914 onward, photographs of applicants are also included.

The collection has been compiled from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) collection M1490. Images of the original documents are included and may reveal additional details of your ancestor’s citizenship, such as when and from where they immigrated, by what means they arrived in the United States, and when they were naturalized. For those born in the United States, you may learn details of their fathers’ naturalization such as their full name, birthplace, and date and place of emigration. Additional details were also recorded such as the applicant’s eye color as well as descriptions of their mouth, nose, forehead, chin, complexion, face, and hair color.

Earlier passport applications, from 1795 for example contain fewer details. However, they would still include name, age, and physical description.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.


Not quite a scam but not quite ethical. Before I used the Friday portal I put in Winograd, New York and Poland/Russia and up came five results on their site. BUT, to see to see any of them, required subscription or pay with credits, etc. Tried the Friday portal with the exact same info and up came “O” results. So if I had used only Friday I would have thought there were no entries for Winograd and would not have gone any further on their site to look and gone elsewhere…so what did they accomplish by offering a Friday but not to show results? They could still show results with the results requiring payment, but to come up with “O” makes no sense.


About the previously reviewed of the cheap laptops – maybe if they retrofitted them with Win 7 they would sell,


Now…does “new” mean new to “Find My Past” (as in “on Ancestry already”) or does it mean new research available? I am not (of course) interested in a definitive record by record comparison, but is this a substantially new resource to us cash-starved researchers?


    —> does “new” mean new to “Find My Past” (as in “on Ancestry already”) or does it mean new research available?

    It is common for two, three, or more online services to offer the same record set online. In my opinion, that is a good thing.

    When you start comparing the record sets of two different online services side-by-side, you quickly notice they are often indexed by different people. I frequently see obvious transcription errors in the indexes when the original handwriting is difficult to read. I often see one online service has a particular record transcribed with one spelling while another online online service transcribed the same record with a different spelling.

    I have seen some records that could not be found on one online service because the record was not transcribed properly and therefore is not indexed properly, yet in another online service the same record might be instantly found in the indexes because it was transcribed and indexed properly.

    Unfortunately, I have never found any of the online services to always be better than the others at transcriptions. Quality varies from indexer to indexer, but no one online service is consistently better than another.

    Then, just to complicate things a bit more, occasionally one online service will purchase a complete record set from another online service, COMPLETE WITH TRANSCRIPTIONS AND INDEXES. In that case, the indexes on the two online services will be identical.

    That is true sometimes but not always.


Dick, For which Friday is this supposed to apply? If it was this past Friday, the 8th of July, I did not receive your newsletter until Sat., 9 Jun 2016 at about 12:15 PM. Just curious.


    —> Dick, For which Friday is this supposed to apply?

    Friday, July 8.

    The folks at Findmypast send me a “Findmypast Friday” update every Friday afternoon. It usually is republished here on every Friday within a few hours, sometimes within a few minutes.


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