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Monday, September 8, 2008

FVPPA Collection Name Search Database

Did you know that the Vietnam Archive has the records of those assisted by the Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association (FVPPA) in applying to emigrate from Vietnam under the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Orderly Departure Program (ODP)? The Vietnam Archive’s FVPPA Collection contains the records of over 12,000 ODP applicants. To find out if you, a family member, a friend, or a military counterpart have a record in the FVPPA Collection’s ODP Application Files, use the FVPPA Collection name search database.

How do you search the FVPPA Collection name search database?
  1. Go to the Vietnam Archive’s FVPPA Collection webpage.
  2. In the right column, under “Navigation Links,” click “Search Applicant Names Database.”
  3. Enter the name you are searching for in the “Search All Files” search field and click the “Search ” button.
You can search using complete or partial names, or even using * searches. Names are entered in the database in Vietnamese order, which is the opposite of American order, so if you are searching for a complete name, enter the family name first, followed by first and middle names. You can also enter just part of a name, like a family name, or if you are unsure of the spelling, you can enter part of a name followed by an * (i.e. Ngu* will pull up all names starting with Ngu). The database will check your query against the primary name in the file, as well as aliases and other listed names.

Files are arranged by the name of the principal applicant, who is the person who has status under the ODP qualifications. For example, Nguyen Van Be, a former Vietnamese political prisoner, is applying for his family to immigrate to the U.S. through the ODP. His list of family members includes his wife Pham Thi Phuong, his son Nguyen Ngoc Be, and his father Nguyen Ngo Be. Nguyen Van Be’s name will be the one listed on the file. If, however, Nguyen Van Be’s wife was also a Vietnamese political prisoner or a U.S. employee, her name will also appear on the file, for she too has status and qualifies as a principal applicant under ODP. The order of the two names on the file is determined alphabetically. If the widow of a principal applicant applies, the file is listed with her name first, followed by that of her deceased husband. If the children of a principal applicant are orphans when they apply, the file is listed under the names of the children. If the applicant has a known alias it is noted on the file. For example, Nguyen Van Be has an alias of Pham Van Be. His file would be marked Nguyen Van Be a.k.a. Pham Van Be. If an ODP applicant has more than one date of birth the dates of birth are listed on the file.

Due to privacy concerns all ODP Application files are restricted until December 1, 2008. Only the principal applicant, the spouse of a deceased principal applicant, or the children of a principal applicant may request that access to an ODP Application file be restricted beyond December 1, 2008. To restrict a file, or to request more information, search for the record using the instructions above. Each record includes email links for requesting more information or to request that a file be restricted. Please use these links as they automatically include information to help us process your request in a timely manner.

If you need assistance, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Vietnam Archive at (806) 742-9010 or e-mail Vietnamese American Heritage Archivist Ann Mallett at vahc.vietnam@ttu.edu.

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