History and Genealogy
Avoid Common Errors
Send only one form at a time for each immigrant name. There are no refunds. Review the FAQ's page and decide which form to use.
Index Search Request / Form G-1041 Use this form when:
In other words, use Form G-1041 if your question is: "Do you have any record of this immigrant?" or "Can you tell me my immigrant's file number?"
Record Request / Form G-1041A Use this form when you can identify the desired file(s) by USCIS file number.
Use form G-1041A if your request is: "Please send me file #_______,"
If filing by postal mail, always print clearly and always mail your request to the P.O. Box address shown on the form instructions. Do not mail requests or fee payments to Washington, D.C.
Our records include immigrants:
Provide all names and all alternate spellings associated with a given immigrant. If the immigrant was female, be sure to provide both her maiden and married name. The more biographical information you can provide about your immigrant, the better. Always error on the side of Too Much Information about your immigrant when submitting an Index Search Request - There is never a "TMI" situation with Index Search Requests.
Be sure to provide a file number, and that the file number you provide is a USCIS file number. For more information about USCIS file numbers, see our Sample File Numbers page for more information.) Unfortunately, some researchers have mistakenly submitted:
Record Requests that provide a "wrong number" unrelated to the immigrant will be answered with "No Record." Remember that refunds are rare. The Genealogy Program will only provide a refund when: (1) An Index Search Request provides a file number; (2) The researcher uses that number to submit a Record Request with Case ID (the prior index request); and (3) The Genealogy Program is then unable to locate the file previously identified.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 09/27/2013