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August 22, 2004

Passport Applications 1809-1817

Passport applications are often a valuable source of genealogical information. NARA has passport applications from October 1795-March 1925. The U. S. Department of State has passport applications from April 1925 to the present.

Some immigrants applied for passports to return home to visit family or friends. These records usually give a place of birth or at least the destination (which is often the home town)

The first passport issued in USA was dated July 1796.

My first new database is an Index to the Register of Passport Applications
1809-1817 for all states, found at

All records on are FREE to use, please let each page load completely then scroll down to find the names.

The index to Passport Records and an explanation of Passport Records as a research tool is at

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