Passport Applications, 1795-1905

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Letters and Applications for US Passports, NARA M1372

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The NARA descriptive pamphlet is available here. It is a 14-page list of date ranges for each of the 694 rolls of microfilm within this publication. No names or other descriptive information are in this pamphlet.

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Passport Applications, an online essay is adapted from Kathie O. Nicastro and Claire Prechtel-Kluskens, " Passport Applications: A Key to Discovering Your Immigrant Ancestor's Roots," Prologue: Quarterly of the National Archives 25 (Winter 1993): 390-394.

Skillbuilding: Passport Applications: A Rich Genealogical Resource, by Patricia O'Brien Shawker, "Passport Applications: A Rich Genealogical Resource," OnBoard 13 (May 2007): 12-13.

"Passports in Perspective," by Leonard S. Goodman, Texas Law Review, vol. 45 (1966-67), no. 2. Described in the abstract: In “Passports in Perspective,” the author seeks to define the historic governmental role of the American passport as it either assisted or controlled movement abroad during the era prior to the War of 1812 and to describe the course of administrative discretion.  In an effort to explain the several types of passports and their relation to any possible historic freedom to travel abroad, the article examines the sources of executive authority to issue the documents and to exercise control over travel abroad.

Index to Passport Applications, 1850-52, 1860-1880, 1881, 1906-23 (NARA publication M1848), rolls 59-61, contain an index to consular registrations, 1907-21, and roll 61 contains an index to registration certificates of widows, divorced women, and minors, 1907-17.

"Immigration Records," by Loretto Dennis Szucs, Kory L. Meyerink, and Marian Smith in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy, ed. Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking; Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2006.

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The records shown here are scanned from the National Archives Microfilm Publication, M1372, Passport Applications, 1795-1905. The original records are located in Record Group 59, General Records of the Department of State in the National Archives.


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14 Apr 2008

Roll one starting date should be 1795

14 Apr 2008