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Posted by Ron Filion on Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 11:35:29 :

In Reply to: SF Immigration posted by Lynn Sanguinetti on Thursday, May 01, 2008 at 21:54:26 :

: Is there a resource to search passenger lists of immigrants entering San Francisco about 1870. Where was the Port of Entry in San Francisco?

Here's a list of resources that I know about:
http://www.sfgenealogy.com/sf/sfoff.htm#transportation

Passenger lists were also printed in the local newspapers.

As for the Port of Entry? I believe it was San Francisco itself. The Angel Island Immigration Center wasn't built until 1905:

'In 1905, construction of an Immigration Station began in the area known as China Cove. Surrounded by public controversy from its inception, the station was finally put into operation in 1910. Although it was billed as the "Ellis Island of the West", within the Immigration Service it was known as "The Guardian of the Western Gate" and was designed control the flow of Chinese into the country, who were officially not welcome with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

'This facility was primarily a detention center. Beginning with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, a series of restrictive laws had prohibited the immigration of certain nationalities and social classes of Asians. Although all Asians were affected, the greatest impact was on the Chinese.'

Source: http://www.angelisland.org/immigr02.html

-Ron





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