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Small California Ports, 1929-1956

Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Records Description
Part 3: Where to Find these Records

Part 1: Introduction

Immigration records from small California ports are reproduced in NARA microfilm publication:
A3363. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ventura, California, May 1929-December 1956 (1 roll).

Part 2: Records Description

A3363. Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Ventura, California, May 1929-December 1956 (1 roll).

A3363 reproduces passenger and crew lists of vessels arriving at Ventura, California, May 23, 1929-December 22, 1956. The records primarily consist, however, of crew lists. A few airplane passengers are also included.

These records primarily consist of INS Form 680 or I-480, List or Manifest of Aliens Employed on the Vessel as Member of Crew, although other INS forms are also included. Form 680 or I-480 varied over time, but generally includes the following information: name, length of service at sea, position in ship's company, where and when shipped or engaged, whether to be paid off or discharged at port of arrival, and nationality. Earlier versions of the form include the alien's age, sex, race, height, and weight.

INS Form I-489, Statement of Master of Vessel Regarding Changes in Crew Prior to Departure, sometimes accompanies the Form I-480. This form indicates names and other information of any crewmen who (1) deserted, (2) were discharged, (3) were left in a hospital at the port of arrival, or (4) signed on at the port of arrival.

Although these records primarily consist of vessel crew members, some lists of passengers are also included. A few airplane passengers are included. These records were filed at the port of Ventura, California, but the lists frequently indicate the port of arrival as El Capitan, Ellwood, Los Angeles, Port Hueneme, San Francisco, or San Pedro, all in California.

Part 3: Where to Find these Records

You can search immigration records of immigrants arriving at the port of Ventura, California, at the research facilities listed below.

  • California

    National Archives at Riverside, 23123 Cajalco Road, Perris, CA 92570. Phone: (951) 956-2000

    National Archives at San Francisco, 1000 Commodore Dr., San Bruno, CA 94066-2350. Phone: 650-238-3496.

  • District of Columbia

    National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408-0001. All NARA microfilm publications may be examined during regular research room hours in the Microfilm Reading Room; no prior arrangement is necessary. Staff is available there to answer your questions. Researchers coming from a distance may wish to call in advance of their visit (1) to verify research room hours and (2) to have any additional questions answered. The Consultant's Office can be reached at 202-501-5400.
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