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Finding Ancestors in USA-Mexico Land Border Crossings

Arrival Records of Immigrants were kept at the USA-Mexican border starting about 1903. Card Manifests for each person were used These cards contained information similiar to that collected on traditional ship passenger arrival lists, such as full name, age, sex, marital status, occupation, point of arrival in the United States, and final destination. NARA has microfilmed these USA-Mexico Land Border crossings for Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas from 1903-1955
Sante Fe Bridge El Paso Texas Ciudad Juarex Mexico Dentention & Quarantine Center of US Immigration 1912
Sante Fe Bridge between El Paso Texas & Ciudad Juarex Mexico. Dentention & Quarantine Center of US Immigration (far right of photo) in 1912


What's Available at NARA for Border Crossing Records to Arizona

  • Ajo, Arizona, 1919-1952
  • Aros Ranch, Arizona, 1908-1909
  • Douglas, Arizona, 1908-1952
  • Lukeville, Arizona, 1919-1952
  • Naco, Arizona, 1906-1952
  • Nogales, Arizona, 1905-1952
  • San Fernando, Arizona, 1919-1952
  • San Luis, Arizona, 1929-1952
  • Sasabe, Arizona, 1919-1952
  • Sonoyta (Sonoita), Arizona, 1919-1952

What's Available at NARA for Border Crossing Records to California

  • Andrade, California, 1910-1952
  • Campo, California, 1910-1952
  • San Ysidro, California, 1908-1952
  • Tecate, California, 1910-1952
  • Tia Juana, California, 1908-1952

What's Available at NARA for Border Crossing Records to New Mexico

  • Columbus, New Mexico, 1917-1954

What's Available at NARA for Border Crossing Records to Texas

  • Brownsville, Texas, 1905-1957
  • Del Rio, Texas, 1906-1909
  • Eagle Pass, Texas, 1905-1953
  • El Paso, Texas, 1903-1909, 1924-1954
  • Fabens, Texas, 1924-1954
  • Fort Hancock, Texas, 1924-1954
  • Laredo, Texas, 1903-1909, 1929-1955
  • Los Ebanos, Texas, 1950-1955
  • Presidio, Texas, 1908-1909
  • Progreso, Texas, 1928-1955
  • Rio Grande City, Texas, 1908-1955
  • Roma, Texas, 1907-1908, 1928-1955
  • San Antonio, Texas, 1944-1952
  • Thayer, Texas, 1928-1955
  • Yseleta, Texas, 1924-1954
  • Zapata, Texas, 1923-1953

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