Find immigration manifest and naturalization papers? #usa #records


Others have answered your main questions excellently and in detail.  To those answers let me add an observation and a question: "Chicago" appears on this index card.  What might this mean? If it has any significance it might open up a fruitful direction for research.
Erika Gottfried
Teaneck, New Jersey


I am working on a reply to this original post, since I have several unresolved questions about these El Paso cards.  For the moment, I'm not convinced all these cards are indexing the El Paso manifest cards or sheets.  Many of those listed in said index have easily-found passenger lists and manifests, but not always for the dates or places shown on the El Paso index.  Others cannot be found on any manifest online (like Jacob Brostoff).  These cards index something somewhere, just have to figure out what.

Marian Smith

Sherri Bobish


On the 1930 census in Princeton, Illinois, Jake Brostoff is 28 years old, single, born in Russia, arrived 1921, and has petitioned for naturalization.  He is a roomer in the home of Abraham NATHAN, who was also born in Russia.

Since Jake works in an accessory store, and Abraham NATHAN owns an accessory store, I would assume Jake works in Abraham's store.

In some cases the family a recent immigrant is living with may be related, or from the same shtetl.


Sherri Bobish


The same card is on
The card  is explained on Ancestry:   Arrival Date is June 13, 1930. 
Another card on Ancestry indicates his naturalization took place at the Princeton Ill. Circuit Court, Bureau County Ill.

The records are not indexed on FamilySearch, but the images themselves have an alphabetical index on the first few pages

Jacob Brostoff's Declaration is record #1459, image #42 in this set.

His Petition is  record  #759, image #161 in this set.   This matches P-759 on the Ancestry Index card.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

David Oseas


I'm not familiar with the El Paso manifests.  However, it is curious that his arrival in 1921 was indexed in a collection that supposedly starts in 1924.  Also, a note within the introductory material of the collection states that the manifests may be filed "days, weeks or even months" after the true arrival date.  Complicating the issue, some manifests were given new numbers, which are not always indicated on the index cards.  Perhaps Marian can give you further advice on how to locate the manifest.  However, in examining the manifest cards, there isn't a lot of information contained on them; you can probably obtain the same info from other sources, such as the naturalization record.

Speaking of the naturalization, Princeton, Illinois is in Bureau County.  Fortunately, the naturalization records for Bureau County for that time period are available on FamilySearch.  I was able to find Jacob's documents, starting with Certificate of Arrival here:

David Oseas

HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York;  KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York;  OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York;  SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel;  WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles

David Brostoff

I found an index record for "Brostoff, Jankel or Jacob" in "Texas, El Paso Alien Arrivals, 1924-1952" on Family Search, which I am attaching to this message.
A search for his last name in "Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927" results in no matches.
Several questions:
Does this mean there is no manifest?
I know from other sources that he was born in 1902. Does "ar. 4-6-21" on the index card mean that was the date he entered the U.S.?
What does "leg. 6-13-30" mean?
I have also found an index record on Family Search that he was naturalized in 1933 in Princeton, Ill.
Where can I search for his naturalization papers?
Thank you,
David Brostoff