G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request

Use Form G-1041 to request a search of USCIS historical indices. (To obtain copies of USCIS historical records, use Form G-1041A, Genealogy Records Request.)

When we receive Form G-1041, we will determine whether any USCIS records exist on the subject and, if such records exist, will capture the file number and other identifiers of each record.

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Form Details

Edition Date

09/17/19. We will also accept the 12/23/16 edition. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

You generally have two options for filing your Form G-1041 with USCIS:
•    Online; or
•    By mail (paper).

Filing Online
Please visit the USCIS Genealogy Program website for more information on how to file your genealogical request online and pay the associated fee.

Filing by Mail
Mail completed forms with payment to our Chicago Lockbox facility:

Attn: Genealogy Program
P.O. Box 805925
Chicago, IL 60680-4188

Filing Tips: Go to our Form Filing Tips page for information on how to help ensure we will accept your form.

Don’t forget to sign your form. We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When filing at a USCIS lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.

If you are submitting this form from outside the United States, you may pay the fee with an international bank money order or foreign draft drawn in U.S. dollars and payable through a U.S. bank. Make all payments in U.S. currency to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

Please do not submit this checklist with your Form G-1041. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

Did you provide the following?

  • Documentary proof of death if the person was less than 100 years old:
    • Death certificate (uncertified copy)
    • Printed obituaries, funeral programs, or photographs of gravestones
    • Bible, church, or other religious records
    • U.S. Social Security Death Index records (individual records only, not lists)
    • Records relating to the payment of death benefits
    • Other documents demonstrating the immigrant of the request is deceased
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