Case number 3589 in the Index to Habeas Corpus Cases for the US District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco October 18, 1882 - June 16, 1887









THE HABEAS CORPUS FILE IS RELATED TO THE FRONT OF THE IMMIGRATION INDEX CARD (image on the right) BUT NOT BACK OF THE IMMIGRATION INDEX FILE (image on the left) because the index cards were written on both sides. According to Publication A3381, "Both the front and reverse side of the card were filmed side-by-side in a double column. The card image to the right is the front and contains all relevant information (described below). The card image to the left is the reverse side, which is either blank or contains unrelated or irrelevant information. The INS apparently re-used old cards in creating this register so unrelated information occasionally appears on the card backs. A “register” is typically a chronological and/or numerical listing or index."
Publication A3381 also indicates the following about the front of the index card, "The cards in this Register are extremely valuable because they provide a clear link between Federal court cases and particular INS-San Francisco District case files. Without this Register, this connection is often difficult to make because of spelling variations of Chinese names. This may have been one of the reasons why the INS’s San Francisco office created the Register and collected information from other U.S. courts besides those in San Francisco. Collection of this data probably occurred when a traveler from another U.S. city applied for a return certificate in San Francisco and submitted as evidence court case papers documenting his or her nativity or lawful residence. During the 19th and 20th centuries, San Francisco was probably the most active U.S. Pacific port, and large numbers of Chinese Americans from throughout the U.S., as well as Chinese aliens, traveled through San Francisco for visits to China.
This register is most useful to researchers who have located a court case file and want to know if an individual had a corresponding INS case file."



Records from the Register of Federal Court Cases to Chinese American and Chinese Immigrants Arriving at or Departing from San Francisco, California, ca. 1883-ca. 1916 (National Archives Microfilm Publication A3381, 1 roll); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group 85; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Immigration file 33420/5-3 includes file 13137/5-1















Search case files for early immigrants to San Francisco and Hawaii

Case IDCase NumberBoxnumberLast NameFirst NameMiddle NameShipPortDate of ArrivalAgeDate of BirthCountryGender
24675913485/011-28807CHANYOOKFOOKKOREASan Francisco6/12/1914 1898CHINAM
26368518737/10-11404CHANHAUSANGCHINASan Francisco12/17/1919 3/17/1908CHINAM
23882910449/00044494FONGCHEE KOREASan Francisco1/13/191132