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Immigrant Documents and Documentation

Immigrant at Registration Desk at Ellis Island ca 1910s. Bain News Service.

Immigrant at Registration Desk at Ellis Island ca 1910s. Bain News Service. Photograph shows a man waiting, with others in queue behind him, at the registration desk in the immigration station on Ellis Island; an immigration official is seated at the desk. Library of Congress # 97501640. GGA Image ID # 148505c990

Index to immigrant / immigration documents available at the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives that include Vaccination Certificates, Immigrant Identification Cards, Immigrant ID Tags and Alien Cards.

Genealogists will find these especially useful in identifying the documents they have in their family heirlooms. Students often find the illustrations and information ideal for completing reports on immigration for school.

Immigrants passing through Eilis Island were occasionally detained and chalked with a code letter to indicate the reason for the further examination —“K” for hernia, “L” for lung, “E” for eye, “H” for heart, “X” for mental disorder. Other numbers commonly found on the Immigrant Inspection Card were the manifest page and line number where their information was recorded. Holes on the bottom of some inspection cards were punched by the ship's surgeon during daily inspections.

Immigrant Documents Available at GG Archives

Kokoppe Indpodnings Attest - Cowpox Vaccination Certificate - 1821

1821-11-04 Cowpox Vaccination Certificate

Koefoppe Indpodnings Attest - Norway. One of the earliest examples of the these certificates that immigrants would take with them as evidence of being vaccinated for smallpox.

Front Side of Vacinnation Certificate Card, Issued by the American Line to I. O. Kilgarriff on 5 March 1893

1893-03-06 Vaccination - ID Card

Card given to passengers to provide evidence of that passengers' vaccination for smallpox issued in 1893 by the American Line SS City of Berlin.

Issue Of Inspection Cards To Steerage And Cabin Passengers

1893-05-04 Inspection Cards To Steerage And Cabin Passengers

Information and instructions relating to the labeling of baggage and the issue of inspection cards to steerage and cabin passengers. Issued May 4, 1893 by the U.S. Treasury Department.

Proof of Registration for Inclusion in the Roll for Kristian Johannes Jansen, a Danish Emigrant to America.

Proof of Registration for Inclusion in the Roll for Danish Emigrant - 1900

This document was carried by a Danish emigrant when he later immigrated to the United States in April 1903. It was proof of where he registered for conscription into military service.

Second Cabin Landing Card - Canadian Port - Early 1900s

Landing Card - Canadian Port for U.S. Immigration Service - ca 1907

1900s Immigration Card, Second Cabin Passenger

Immigration card that dates from the early 1900s was provided to Second Cabin passenger John Grant, who arrived via a Canadian port on the SS Corsican of the Allan Line.

The second card is a U.S. Immigration Service Landing Card issued to Clara Gale on board the S.S. Corsican, presented to U.S. Immigration Officials before landing at Quebec. Undated, circa the early 1900s.

Front Side, Inspection Card for Immigrant and Steerage Passengers, for Norwegian Immigrant Hans Johansen Røsholt of Rårdal, Norway.

1902-04-02 Immigrant Inspection Card - White Star Line RMS Germanic

Inspection Card issued to an immigrant traveling in Steerage by the White Star Line RMS Germanic in April 1902 that provided information about the immigrant including Name, Last Residence, evidence of Immunization, Port of Departure and Steamship name.

Front Side of Immigrant and Steerage Passengers Inspection Card on the RMS Carpathia of the Cunard Line.

1904-10-18 Immigrant Inspection Card - Cunard RMS Carpathia

Inspection Card issued to an immigrant traveling in Steerage on board the RMS Carpathia of the Cunard Line dated 18 October 1904 that provided information including Port and Date of Departure, Name of Ship, Name of Immigrant, Last Residence and evidence of Immunization.

Immigrant Inspection Card - Liverpool to New York - 1910

1910-07-09 Immigrant Inspection Card - Cunard RMS Lusitania

Immigrant Inspection Card issued by the Cunard Line RMS Lusitania dated 9 July 1910 for Swedish Immigrant K. E. Paulson from Gothenburg, Sweden. When landing at New York this card was pinned to the coat or dress of the passenger in a prominent position.


1912-04-24 Inspection Card - Austrian Immigrant

Fine example of an Immigrants and Steerage Passengers' Inspection Card issued on 24 April 1912 by the Hamburg America Line for an Austrian Immigrant on board the SS President Grant that departed from Hamburg, Germany arriving in New York on 7 May 1912. Passed American Ellis Island Inspectors on 8 May 1912.

Steerage Passenger Inspection & Vaccination Card - Canadian Port of Entry - 1912

1912-06-27 Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card - Steerage Passenger

Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1912 to a steerage passenger on board the Allan Line SS Corsican. Card provided essential information including name of immigrant, Steamship, port and date of departure. The card was intended to be kept by the immigrant for three years. It would be shown to government officials whenever required.

Nowegian Bank Note - Loan for Norwegian Immigrant to U.S. - 1913

1913-05-29 Norwegian Bank Note - Loan for Immigrant to U.S.

Example of a Norwegian Bank Note from Spareskillingsbanken Trondhjem dated 24 May 1913 that was used to fund the expense of traveling from Norway to the United States by a Norwegian Immigrant.

Inspection Card for Immigrants and Steerage Passengers - 1913

1913-06-10 Immigrant Inspection Card - Cunard RMS Laconia

Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1913 by the Cunard Line on board the RMS Laconia to a Norwegian Immigrant traveling in Steerage. The card provided important information including port and date of departure, name of ship, immigrant name, last residence, medical inspection stamps and evidence of immunization.

Immigration Control Card - Australian Immigrant - 1913

1913-07-14 Australian Immigration Control Card, Fremantle, Australia

Example of an Immigration Control Card for Australia, issued by the North German Lloyd for a German immigrant on 14 July 1913. The immigrant would have carried this card with him and showed Australian Immigration Officers at Fremantle as required.

Inspection Card for Immigrant to Canada - 1915

1915-03-13 Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card - SS Missanabie

Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card issued to a Steerage Passenger on board the Canadian Pacific steamship SS Missanabie departing from Liverpool 13 March 1915. This represents a very rare immigrant document from a ship in service less than four years.

Inspection Card for Immigrant to Canada - 1915

1915-07-02 Certificate of Innocence - German Immigrant

The GG Archives curated an essential German document "Zeugnis der Unbescholtenheit" that loosely translates into Certificate of Innocence. The text dated from 2 July 1915 and was carried by a German immigrant on his 1921 voyage from Bremen to New York.

Transmigrant Certificate, Third Class Passenger Will Margarethe, RMS Olympic, 1921

1921-09-29 Transmigrant Certificate, Third Class Passenger

Transmigrant Certificate, issued in 1921 to a third class passenger on the White Star Line RMS Olympic. It is intended as a health certificate notifying anyone that the carrier had been inspected, vaccinated, examined and vermin-free.

Passenger Transport Notification - Hamburg Amerika Linie 1922

1922-06-15 Passenger Transport Notification

You will need a passport to your (Homeland) which a registration will be accepted he must exit from Hamburg to New York until the day of departure elected ships tips or a week longer applies.

Canadian Alien Card, White Star Dominion Line SS Canada, Blanche Sandford, 1922

1922-09-09 Canadian Alien Card, White Star Dominion Line

The Canadian Alien Card was issued to each non-Canadian passenger indicating the number of sheet and line on sheet their name was listed on. The Card was to be presented on arrival, to the Canadian Aliens' Officer.

Front Side of Inspection Card - Swedish Immigrant (1923)

1923-09-15 Inspection Card - Swedish Immigrant

U.S. Inspection Card (Immigrants and Steerage Passengers) for Earnst O. W. Carsuer, Sailing from Gothenburg 15 September 1923 on the SS Drottningholm of the Swedish American Line, Arriving in New York 25 September 1923.

Holland-America Line Inspection Card (Third Class Passengers)
Immigrant Outer-Garment ID Tag

1923-09-26 Ellis Island Immigrant Document Collection

A Superb collection of Immigration Documents

From 1892 to 1954 Millions of immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. This is a collection of documents that pertain to a 65 year-old Lithuanian immigrant, Barbara Vitkiene, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1923 including the Immigrant Inspection Card, Immigrant ID Tag and passenger manifest extracts and images.

Immigrant Identification Card, United Stated Department of Labor for Non-Quota Immigration Visa - 1928

1928-07-26 Immigrant ID Card for Non-Quota Immigration Visa

Example of an Immigrant ID Card issued by the US Department of Labor for Non-Quota Immigration Visa in 1928 to a Peruvian refugee Jose Mario Farban of Lima, Peru.

Front Side of US Immigration Inspection Card, Norwegian Immigrant, Lauri A. Grava from Haugo, Voss, Norway, Contract Ticket No. 45947, Departing from Liverpool on the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line on 27 October 1928.

Front Side of US Immigration Inspection Card, Norwegian Immigrant, Josua Grava from Haugo, Voss, Norway

1928-10-27 US Immigrant Inspection Cards - RMS Scythia

Inspection Cards used as a landing card and shown on request to a U.S. Immigration Inspector. Norwegian Immigrants Lauri A. Grava and Josua Grava from Haugo made the journey from Liverpool to Boston on board the RMS Scythia of the Cunard Line.

1930-10-25 Immigrant ID & Vaccination Certificate

Health Certificate and Photo ID: Italian Immigrant Salvatore J. Milluzzo sailed on the SS Conte Biancamano of the Lloyd Sabaudo Line departing from Naples on 25 October 1930.

United States Landing Card - Elizabeth HAUSEN

1931-08-22 United States Landing Card, Canadian Pacific CPOS

United States Landing Card issued to Elizabeth Hausen traveling on Canadian Pacific Steamship RMS Duchess of York, examined and found admissible by U.S. Immigration Inspector on 22 August 1931. Article about the History of Landing Cards follows below these images on this page.

Canadian Immigration Identification Card - Third Class Passenger - 1939

1939-09-22 Canadian Immigration Identification Card - Third Class Passenger

An example of a Third Class passengers' Immigration Identification Card for Canadian Immigrant Rose McMahon on board the Duchess of York of the Canadian Pacific Line. Stamped by Immigration Office 22 September 1939. Card provided information such as Name of Passenger, Steamship Name, Manifest No where individual appeared on and inspection stamp.


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The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.