World Archives Project: Michigan Passenger and Crew Lists, 1902-1954

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About this project

These Michigan State Passenger and Crew Lists are primarily Manifest Cards used to record passenger arrivals and entries through Michigan ports by the U.S. Department of Labor Immigration Service. Since these records cover the period 1902 - 1954, the cards used to document the arrivals vary in the number of fields and the order of fields. Please look over the entire card before you begin data entry. Each image will contain both the front and back of the card. You will only need to key data from the back of the card for one of the form types, the Primary Inspection Memorandum form.


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Project-specific sample images and form field help:

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Manifest Card
Primary Inspection Memorandum

Manifest Card

Manifest_Card.jpg

This form is a 3x5 card from which information will be keyed from the front of the card. Many of these cards have the words Manifest in the upper left corner or in the top middle of the front of the card. This form type should also be used for the shorter Primary Inspection Memorandum forms, which are short like 3x5 cards.

Surname

Enter the surname here as it appears on the image, using the drop-down list to help you. More help on this project can be found here.
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Given Name

Key the first name or initial and any middle names. More help on this project can be found here.
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Prefix

Key any titles before the name, such as "Dr" or "Rev" in the Prefix field. More help on this project can be found here.
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Suffix

Key all titles following the surname, such as "Jr" or "III." More help on this project can be found here.
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Alias Surname

On some records, a second name is given in parentheses or quotes. This name is usually a nickname or maiden name. Key the surname from the alias in the Alias Surname field. If you are unsure which part of the alias is the surname, enter the entire alias in the Alias Given field. More help on this project can be found here.
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Alias Given

On some records, a second name is given in parentheses or quotes. This name is usually a nickname. Key the first name or initial and any middle names or initials in the Alias Given field. If you cannot distinguish a given name or surname, please input the entire name in this field. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Arrival Month

Key the month portion of Date of Arrival from the date stamped in the upper right corner of the card. If the card contains a "Date of Landing" field, near the bottom of the front side of some forms, enter this date instead of the date stamped in the upper right corner. Expand abbreviations to the full name of the month. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Arrival Day

Key the Day portion of Date of Arrival from the date stamped in the upper right corner of the card. If the card contains a "Date of Landing" field, near the bottom of some forms, enter this date instead of the date stamped in the upper right corner. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Arrival Year

Key the Year portion of Date of Arrival from the date stamped in the upper right corner of the card. If the card contains a "Date of Landing" field, near the bottom of some forms, enter this date instead of the date stamped in the upper right corner. Expand the year to a four digit entry if needed. More help on this project can be found here.
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Age

Key the age of the passenger as it appears on the image only if there is no birth date given on the form. More help on this project can be found here.
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Sex

Key the sex or gender of the passenger as given on the form. This field is usually labeled "Sex" in this set of records. Enter the information as it appears on the image. More help on this project can be found here.
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Place of Birth

Key the place of birth as it appears on the image, using the drop-down menu to help. Please separate entires such as the town, province and country by a semicolon. More help on this project can be found here.
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Nationality

Key the Nationality of the passenger. More help on this project can be found here.
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Last Residence

Key the Last Residence or Last Permanent Residence of the passenger. Separate multiple entries with a semi colon such as city; province; country. Do not key addresses or street names. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Birth Month

Some cards have the passenger's birth date squeezed into the Place of Birth field. When a Birth date is present, key Month portion of the Date of Birth. Expand month abbreviations to the complete month. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Birth Day

Some cards have the passenger's birth date squeezed into the Place of Birth field. When a Birth date is present, key Day portion of the Date of Birth. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Birth Year

Some cards have the passenger's birth date squeezed into the Place of Birth field. Expand the year to a four digit entry if needed. More help on this project can be found here.
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Vessel

Key the Ship Name or Vessel when given. On some cards it is recorded near or on the bottom line on the front of the card, in a field labeled "Name of S.S." More help on this project can be found here.
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Primary Inspection Memorandum

Primary_Inspection_Memorandum.jpg

This is a long narrow form from which information will be keyed from the front and back of the form. The front of this form has the words Primary Inspection Memorandum at the top. Some forms are longer and skinner than others. If you use highlights, you may need to move them down on the longer cards.

Surname

Enter the surname here as it appears on the image, using the drop-down list to help you. More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Given Name

Key the first name or initial and any middle names. More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Prefix

Key any titles before the name, such as "Dr" or "Rev" in the Prefix field. More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Suffix

Key all titles following the surname, such as "Jr" or "III." More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Alias Surname

On some records, a second name is given in parentheses or quotes. This name is usually a nickname or maiden name. Key the surname from the alias in the Alias Surname field. If you are unsure which part of the alias is the surname, enter the entire alias in the Alias Given field. More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Alias Given

On some records, a second name is given in parentheses or quotes. This name is usually a nickname or maiden name. Key the first name or initial and any middle names or initials in the Alias Given field. If you cannot distinguish a given name or surname, please input the entire name in this field. More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Date of Arrival Month

Key the Month portion of Date of Arrival from the "Date of Landing" field near the bottom front. Expand month abbreviations to the full name of the month. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Arrival Day

Key the Day portion of Date of Arrival from the "Date of Landing" field near the bottom front. Expand month abbreviations to the complete month. More help on this project can be found here.
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Date of Arrival Year

Key the Year portion of Date of Arrival from the "Date of Landing" field near the bottom front. Expand the year to a four digit entry if needed. More help on this project can be found here.
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Age

Key the age as it appears on the image. More help on this project can be found here.
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Sex

Key the Sex of the passenger as given on the form. More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Place of Birth

Key the place of birth as it appears on the image, using the drop-down menu to help. Please separate entires such as the town, province and country by a semicolon. More help on this project can be found here.
See Example

Nationality

Key the Nationality of the passenger. Use care to not enter the Race of the passenger. More help on this project can be found here.
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Last Residence

Key the Last Residence or Last Permanent Residence of the passenger. Separate multiple entries with a semicolon such as city; province; country. Do not key addresses or street names. More help on this project can be found here.
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Vessel

Key the Ship or Vessel name when given. This will be found at the bottom front in a field named "Steamship". More help on this project can be found here.
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