Immigrant Documents and Documentation
Index to immigrant / immigration documents available at the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives that include Vaccination Certificates, Immigrant Identification Cards, Immigrant ID Tags and Alien Cards.
Genealogists will find these especially useful in identifying the documents they have in their family heirlooms. Students often find the illustrations and information ideal for completing reports on immigration for school.
Immigrants passing through Eilis Island were occasionally detained and chalked with a code letter to indicate the reason for the further examination —“K” for hernia, “L” for lung, “E” for eye, “H” for heart, “X” for mental disorder. Other numbers commonly found on the Immigrant Inspection Card were the manifest page and line number where their information was recorded. Holes on the bottom of some inspection cards were punched by the ship's surgeon during daily inspections.
Immigrant Documents Available at GG Archives
Card given to passengers to provide evidence of that passengers' vaccination for smallpox issued in 1893 by the American Line S.S. City of Berlin.
Information and instructions relating to the labeling of baggage and the issue of inspection cards to steerage and cabin passengers. Issued May 4, 1893 by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Immigration card that dates from the early 1900's was provided to Second Cabin passenger John Grant, who arrived via a Canadian port on the S.S. Corsican of the Allan Line.
Inspection Card issued to an immigrant traveling in Steerage by the White Star Line R.M.S. Germanic in April 1902 that provided information about the immigrant including Name, Last Residence, evidence of Immunization, Port of Departure and Steamship name.
Inspection Card issued to an immigrant traveling in Steerage on board the R.M.S. Carpathia of the Cunard Line dated 18 October 1904 that provided information including Port and Date of Departure, Name of Ship, Name of Immigrant, Last Residence and evidence of Immunization.
Immigrant Inspection Card issued by the Cunard Line R.M.S. Lusitania dated 9 July 1910 for Swedish Immigrant K. E. Paulson from Gothenburg, Sweden. When landing at New York this card was pinned to the coat or dress of the passenger in a prominent position.
Fine example of an Immigrants and Steerage Passengers' Inspection Card issued on 24 April 1912 by the Hamburg-American Line for an Austrian Immigrant on board the S.S. President Grant that departed from Hamburg, Germany arriving in New York on 7 May 1912. Passed American Ellis Island Inspectors on 8 May 1912.
Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1912 to a steerage passenger on board the Allan Line S.S. Corsican. Card provided essential information including name of immigrant, Steamship, port and date of departure. The card was intended to be kept by the immigrant for three years. It would be shown to government officials whenever required.
Example of a Norwegian Bank Note from Spareskillingsbanken Trondhjem dated 24 May 1913 that was used to fund the expense of traveling from Norway to the United States by a Norwegian Immigrant.
Immigrant Inspection Card issued in 1913 by the Cunard Line on board the R.M.S. Laconia to a Norwegian Immigrant traveling in Steerage. The card provided important information including port and date of departure, name of ship, immigrant name, last residence, medical inspection stamps and evidence of immunization.
Example of an Immigration Control Card for Australia, issued by the North German Lloyd for a German immigrant on 14 July 1913. The immigrant would have carried this card with him and showed Australian Immigration Officers at Fremantle as required.
Canadian Immigrant Inspection Card issued to a Steerage Passenger on board the Canadian Pacific steamship S.S. Missanabie departing from Liverpool 13 March 1915. This represents a very rare immigrant document from a ship in service less than four years.
Certificate of Innocence - German Immigrant
The GG Archives curated an essential German document "Zeugnis der Unbescholtenheit" that loosely translates into Certificate of Innocence. The text dated from 2 July 1915 and was carried by a German immigrant on his 1921 voyage from Bremen to New York.
Transmigrant Certificate, issued in 1921 to a third class passenger on the White Star Line R.M.S. Olympic. It is intended as a health certificate notifying anyone that the carrier had been inspected, vaccinated, examined and vermin-free.
The Canadian Alien Card was issued to each non-Canadian passenger indicating the number of sheet and line on sheet their name was listed on. The Card was to be presented on arrival, to the Canadian Aliens' Officer.
A Superb collection of Immigration Documents
From 1892 to 1954 Millions of immigrants were processed through Ellis Island. This is a collection of documents that pertain to a 65 year-old Lithuanian immigrant, Barbara Vitkiene, who arrived at Ellis Island in 1923 including the Immigrant Inspection Card, Immigrant ID Tag and passenger manifest extracts and images.
Example of an Immigrant ID Card issued by the US Department of Labor for Non-Quota Immigration Visa in 1928 to a Peruvian refugee Jose Mario Farban of Lima, Peru.
United States Landing Card issued to Elizabeth Hausen traveling on Canadian Pacific Steamship R.M.S. Duchess of York, examined and found admissible by U.S. Immigration Inspector on 22 August 1931. Article about the History of Landing Cards follows below these images on this page.
An example of a Third Class passengers' Immigration Identification Card for Canadian Immigrant Rose McMahon on board the Duchess of York of the Canadian Pacific Line. Stamped by Immigration Office 22 September 1939. Card provided information such as Name of Passenger, Steamship Name, Manifest No where individual appeared on and inspection stamp.