Posted by Ancestry Team on January 23, 2009 in Collections

chinese-immigration-file.jpgWith Chinese New Year coming on Monday, we’ve released several new or updated Chinese American databases:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chinese Arrivals, 1900-1923
This database contains descriptive lists of Chinese seamen arriving at the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1900 and 1923. Information recorded in these documents includes: name, date of arrival, ship name, and age.

U.S. Chinese Immigration Case Files, 1883-1924
This database contains court case files regarding strict immigration laws against the Chinese enforced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It includes case files from: the Western District Court of Texas at El Paso (1892-1915), the INS District Number 4 Regional Office (Philadelphia, 1900-1923), and San Francisco, California (ca. 1883-ca. 1916).

New York Chinese Exclusion Index – Updated
This is an index to over 18,500 “Chinese Exclusion” case files created by the New York District Office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.  The case files document the entry into the United States of Chinese aliens and the reentry of U.S. citizens of Chinese ancestry under the Chinese Exclusion Acts passed by Congress between 1882 and 1930, and repealed in 1943.

Chinese Surname Index for Jiapu Collection
This database serves two purposes, the first being a lookup tool to assist researchers in learning Chinese surname variations, including Pinyin and other Romanized variations, along with Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese characters. The second purpose of this database is to allow researchers to check for a given surname in the large and growing Jiapu Collection (Chinese family history books).

Chinese records coming soon:
Chinese Arrivals at Vancouver, British Columbia, 1906-1912
Chinese Arrivals at San Francisco, 1882-1914


  1. Chris

    Ah – more new record sets! Complete with missing images, faulty indexes and sluggish performance!


  2. Dale Frank

    From my days, actually a whole career, as a software designer, this is known as “creeping elegance!”

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