Friday, December 09, 2005

USA Passport Records

Passport applications are often a valuable source of genealogical information. NARA has passport applications from October 1795-March 1925. The U. S. Department of State has passport applications from April 1925 to the present.
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)

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.

Thanks goes to Olive Tree Genealogy volunteers for their
hard work on transcribing this database.

Surnames H to Z (excluding L, M, N) have been added to the
existing surnames A to G in "Index to Special Passports
1829-1887" This is andIndex to names of those obtaining
passports in all states in USA

Other passport indexes online at

--Register of Passport Applications 1809-1817

--Index to Special Passports 1887-1894

--Register of Passports from 14 November 1834 to 1843

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