Difference Between Passenger Manifests and Passenger Lists

Unlike the Passenger Manifest which were prepared on behalf of Government Agencies and Immigration officials, Passenger Lists were considered Souvenirs of the Voyage.

Passenger Manifest were Prepared by steamship company officers on behalf of the Immigration and Naturalization Service

Immigration and Naturalization Service passenger manifests (aka passenger lists) include the names of U.S. citizens returning from abroad, foreign visitors, and immigrants.

The manifests typically contain names of vessels and shipmasters, ports of arrival and embarkation, dates of arrival and the following information about each passenger:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Marital Status
  • Occupation
  • Last Residence
  • Port of Arrival
  • Final Destination in the United States
  • If the passenger had been in the US before, When and Where
  • If the Passenger was going to join a relative: Relative's Name, Address and Relationship

Beginning in 1903

  • Race

Beginning in 1906

  • Personal Description
  • Birthplace

Beginning in 1907

  • Name and Address of alien's nearest relative in country from which he or she came
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