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What is the meaning of "indef add" as cause of detention on 1904 ship's record of detained passengers from Italy to US? Occurred in New York, presumably Ellis Island, though unconfirmed.

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Instead of trying to interpret a minimum-secondhand report about what's written on a passenger manifest, I suggest you track down said passenger manifest and come up with your own reading. In the context of the full manifest, you'll have a much better chance of figuring out what it actually says and what it means.

On the subject of finding the manifest, I don't think I can do better than Jan Murphy's answer to another question, a decade ago: Finding 20th Century Irish Ship Passenger to New York on Manifest?. (The answer is relevant to all nationalities, not just to the Irish immigrants mentioned in the question.)

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