This database is an index to passenger and crew lists of ships arriving at Astoria, Portland, and other small ports in Oregon, between 1888 and 1957, as well as passenger lists of airplanes arriving at Portland between 1948 and 1952. In addition, the names found in the index are linked to actual images of the passenger and crew lists, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm series M1777. The records include information on both aliens and citizens.
Specifically, this database includes:
- Vessel crew lists (Apr. 1888-Oct. 1956)
- Vessel passenger lists for aliens and Chinese (1888-1900)
- Vessel passenger lists (Dec. 1911-Nov. 1954)
- Vessel passenger lists for aliens and citizens (Dec. 1954-Mar. 1957)
- Vessel passenger lists of passengers in transit to foreign destinations (Jan. 1935-May 1947)
- Airplane passengers lists (Nov. 1948-Oct. 1952)
- Outbound passenger lists (Dec. 1948-Jan. 1949)
Ports of vessel arrivals found in this database include:
- Astoria, OR
- Beaver, OR
- Bradwood, OR
- Breland [Bretland], OR
- Coos Bay, OR
- Grays Harbor, OR
- Marshfield, OR
- Newport, OR
- Portland, OR
- Warrenton, OR
- Longview, WA
- Seattle, WA
- Vacouver, WA
Airplanes were generally arriving at Portland.
A variety of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) forms were used to record information about the passengers and crew members. Different forms could be used depending on whether the individual was a passenger on a plane, passenger on a vessel, crew member, citizen, alien, etc. Forms may have simply changed over time as well. Due to the variety of forms, the amount of information available for an individual in this database will vary according to the form used and the questions asked on it. The type of information that is generally contained in this database though, includes:
- Birth date
- Last residence
- Vessel or airline name
- Port of departure
- Port of arrival
- Date of arrival
Additional information about an individual may be recorded on the original document and may be obtained by viewing the corresponding image.
These records are generally arranged in chronological order.
Many passenger list forms, especially those from the twentieth century, were two pages long. Be sure to click the "Previous" and "Next" buttons in order to see all the images pertaining to a particular manifest.
Some of the above information was taken from: Prechtel-Kluskens, Claire and Tracee Hamilton, comp. Publication Details of Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Astoria, Portland, and Other Oregon Ports, Apr. 1888-Oct. 1956, and Passenger Lists of Airplanes Arriving at Portland, Oregon, Nov. 1948-Oct. 1952, (National Archives, Washington, D.C.).