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For questions about the process and records associated with people entering and settling in a country or place to which they were not native.

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Determining who died on particular voyage of ship?

One voyage of the ship William Stetson began the 26th of April, 1855 in Liverpool, England and ended the 27th of May, 1855 in New York. One account of the voyage says: The New York Herald of May 30,...
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Finding ship manifests for immigrants to Argentina in early 1900s?

I am looking for a family that emigrated from Poland to Argentina around 1901. I found a transcription of the ship's (SS Georg, sailed from Libau to Buenos Aires) manifest on which they arrived (the ...
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Andrew Wilson remains an enigma

I am trying to find the parentage and immigration for Andrew Wilson my 2nd great grandfather. According to family search he was born on August 1, 1838 in Gulladuff, Maghera Parish in Londonderry ...
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What details are needed about ancestor to uncover ship they immigrated to America on?

What basic information do I need to have about my ancestor before I start looking for the ship that he/she came to America on? So that I don't waste a lot of time fruitlessly searching for a ship - ...
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Tracing US ancestor back to Germany?

My great great great grandfather came over from Germany, but I don't know how to find when or where. His name is Henry Fischer about 1821-1898, married to Dorothea Holiday Fischer about 1825-unknown. ...
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Seeking 1912 Passenger Lists into United States for ships near RMS Titanic?

I've long heard a story that my Great Grandfather was going to travel on the Titanic, but ended up choosing another ship. Supposedly his ship was close enough that they heard the SOS call for the ...
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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Kindertransport was an operation to save Jewish children from Germany and occupied countries in 1938 and 1939. Almost 10,000 children were transported to the UK through this program. While I have ...
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Researching Michael Patron (1897-1972) and Genia Zeimer (1900-1983), born Poland (possibly Warsaw)

I am looking for my ancestry and starting on my Father's side of the family. I am currently looking for my great great grandparents and further back on my Father's side. My Grandpa (Father's father)...
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Immigration from Norway: seeking information about 1871 passage from Quebec to the US

This question is similar to Rob Hoare's "Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?" but the circumstances are different. My question concerns immigration 20 years ...
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Do passenger lists for departures from the UK exist pre 1890?

Findmypast.co.uk has passenger lists for ships departing from the UK beginning in 1890. What about dates before 1890? Do the records exist anywhere? I'm particularly interested in departures to the US ...
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Finding emigration records from UK to Australia for Annie Smith (1960-1977)?

My Great Grandmother emigrated to Australia from the UK after the death of her husband so that she could be closer to the majority of her children who had travelled there earlier. My Grand father ...
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Who are the Ancestors of William Yensull?

William Yensull (also spelled Yensule or Yencule) became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States on April 20th, 1896. Based on his Naturalization Certificate, issued in the Illinois county of ...
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Would there be 1830-1850 US naturalization records for children born Canada to parents born in US when relocating back to US?

Michael Preston (1792-1849) was born in New Hampshire; his first wife, Mary Merrill, was born there in 1795. This couple removed to Canada not long after their marriage, ca18 June 1816. Most or all of ...
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Acquisition of US citizenship by children under Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

I am pursuing recognition of German citizenship through descent. My grandparents and my father (born 1950) emigrated to the United States in 1952, with my grandfather holding German nationality. My ...
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Was Ellis Island the only immigration inspection station in New York in the 1880's?

This question was brought about by the fact that some of my ancestors immigrated from Russia to New York in the 1880's. The source I have for that fact is a citizenship application. Was Ellis Island ...
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Is immigrant sponsor information archived somewhere?

A family I am researching fled Germany in the 1930s and settled in Illinois. In the ship's manifest, they listed one relative as a sponsor, but according to a member of that family, several sponsors ...
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What does "S" mean in the context of possessing a ticket for the next leg of a journey?

In this ticket manifest and other transatlantic passenger manifests that I have seen, it appears that the answers to the question "whether having a ticket to such final destination" (in column 14) are ...
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How can I find a female Danish immigrant's name prior to her marriage?

Anna Christine (Kristine) Petersen, b Dec-12-1888 in Flauenskjold, Denmark. A servant. My GrF Joseph Conrad Kaiser b May 19, 1889 Chicago, Illinois married Anna on Dec. 1912 in Illinois. The info I ...
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Cannot find ship's manifest for family arriving in the US around 1890

Some of my distant cousins arrived in the US around 1890, but I have been unable to track down a copy of the ship's manifest that documents the arrival. It is possible that they did not all come ...
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Ellis Island immigration record handwriting help

I've had an Ellis Island record for my great grandfather for several years, but have never been able to read the 'relative or friend's name and address' column for that record. I'm hoping someone ...
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Identifying numbers on the United States Immigrant Identification Card

The green "Immigrant Identification Card" issued by the United States Department of Labor includes an immigration visa number, a longer red number, and in this case, a stamped black number on the ...
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Getting from New York to Chicago in the late 1800s

In an earlier question, GeneJ offered some evidence for how some of his ancestors traveled from Quebec to Wisconsin. I am wondering whether there are any records other than private recollections or ...
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Where to find Brazil immigration records of ancestor from Italy?

I'm looking for an ancestor who moved from Italy to Brazil between 1800 and 1900. Where can I find Brazilian immigration records?
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Other 'non-loyalist' Immigration to Canada following American Revolution from the US

I am trying to track down a few individuals that I believe may have immigrated to Canada following the American Revolution but before the War of 1812. Assuming a primary motivation for moving to ...
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What is written in this excerpt from a Manifest of Alien Passengers for the US arriving at Providence?

I'm having difficulties reading a field from a specific column from a List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer at Port of Arrival In this case Port of ...
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Which passengers from the Komagata Maru were allowed to enter Canada?

There were 20 people allowed into Canada from the steamship Komagata Maru (see Wikipedia's article Komagata Maru incident). Is there a way to identify who were the 20 people allowed entry?
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How can a London prisoner be Reprieved for Transportation.... and then executed?

I've been trying to trace the steps of a Richard Talent from London, who is rumored to be the progenitor of the Tallants of Anson County, North Carolina. With the limited resources I can access in ...
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What port or border crossing would immigrants to Minnesota likely have used?

I have some Austrian/Ukrainian ancestors that first settled in Minnesota for a brief time after immigrating to the United States around 1900. What was likely their point of entry into the US? Family ...
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Reading a Canadian 'Oceans Arrival' form completed in 1924

I'm studying the FAN club of John Stanley Wright (mentioned at Finding an elusive ancestor after the 1901 census (who may have deserted his family)) in an attempt to narrow down the date range for his ...
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Would an immigrant to the US pre-1800 be hiding beans? (When were food restrictions first placed on immigrants to the US)?

I am looking into "Mitchell Family Beans," purplish beans pinto like with brown spots (see below). These have been passed down a couple generations in a Mitchell family of Idaho (formerly ...
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Did indentured servants in 1700s Pennsylvania receive different types of land warrants from what other immigrants to PA received?

I have an ancestor who left Northern Ireland (probably County Down) sometime around 1745-1750 and settled in York County, Pennsylvania. I think he may have come to America as an indentured servant ...
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Where to find ship manifests for immigrants to Venezuela, 1946-1953?

I'm researching Latvian immigrants after WWII to Venezuela. Where can I find ship manifests for immigrants to Venezuela during the period 1946-1953?
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From visa to naturalization

I have found an arrival record (Ancestry.com) for Annelise Morgenthau, age 20, arriving in New York on 26 Nov 1947 on the ship Marine Jumper. Her visa number is given as QIV 6631 (issued on 26 Sep ...
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Where do I find information about arranged employment in Australia in the 1850s?

Many immigrants from England worked for the Hon. Edward Flood M.P. in the 1850s. They were employed mainly as sheep overseers, station hands, bullock drivers etc. Would this type of employment have ...
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How do I find passenger lists for ships embarking from Mexican ports to California?

I have a record (found on Ancestry.com) of the steamer Curacao arriving in San Francisco, California on 1 July 1905. She was laden with gold and also my great grandmother and grand uncle. The US ...
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Finding records of emigration/immigration from Germany to South Africa?

My paternal grandfather was born in 1900 in Attenhoffen, Germany. He came to South Africa in the 1920s. My quest is to find out how and when? There is a story that he was a seaman who jumped ship in ...
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Historical records of money transfers for emigration (Remittance) from England?

A Wikipedia article defines Remittance as: A remittance is a transfer of money by a foreign worker to an individual in his or her home country. In a city directory from New England dated 1876, ...
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On what ship did Franz Joseph Kerber (1825-1873) immigrate to the US?

Franz Joseph Kerber was born in Jan 1825 in Munich, Barvaria. In the 1860 census he was married and my greatgrandmother had been born in 1858. In 1862, he ran the saloon at 82 Front St in Worcester, ...
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Seeking immigration to Bolivia for German ancestor in 1910-1915?

I'm looking for immigration records between 1890-1903 in Argentina. My great grand dad was hired from Germany to work in Bolivia, he worked in the Zeller house. We lost are family record. I know when ...
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Finding record of immigration to Argentina from Spain?

I have lost track of a relative when he took a ship to Argentina from Spain. His name was Pedro Peñalba Águeda (born around 1890-1900), and our oral history says that he took a ship named Conte Rosso ...
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Two ships, two manifests, same passengers?

I knew that my great-grandmother arrived in the US from Italy in about 1914. When I searched the Ellis Island database I found her easily. Unfortunately, I found her twice. Let me be specific. My ...
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Understanding Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index Numbers?

I am referring to the record marked with an arrow. Can someone tell me what do the numbers or letters in parenthesis after his name and before his birth date mean ? Also on the extracted info on the ...
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What do C-1 and B-2 mean on 1957 US Immigration record?

Can anyone help with what C-1 and B-2 mean in the last column on the image below mean please? Searches on Google now only relate to current Visa requirements I cannot find what these historical ...
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Narrowing down date of immigration from England to USA?

I have an ancestor named Richard Dugdale who was probably born in 1845 (although 1844 and 1848 are also possible) somewhere in England (possibly Manchester or Bristol) and died in 1909 in ...
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Finding clues for a missing immigrant in the 1870 Census?

With regards to my previous question, What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann, 1859 immigrant to the US? and despite the very good answers, it seems like my ancestor, Gustav Adolf Neumann (born on ...
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Where to find information about Italy - Czech - Poland migration?

Reviewing my grandfather's documents I found evidences that his family arrived in Poland after some generations that left Italy and lived in the (actual) Czech republic. Where can I find information ...
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Cannot find an immigrant in the 1860/70 US Census

In the US Census from 1860 and 1870, I am looking for a German immigrant named Gustav Adolf (or Adolph) Neumann, born October 27, 1824 in Leipzig, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany, who immigrated to the ...
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Where did the Vannoske's come from?

The origin of the Vannoske family (FamilySearch, Ancestry) is the biggest brick wall I have left. Here's what I know: The obituary of the oldest daughter, Mary Wojnowkski (Mrs Albert Zierak), says ...
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Looking for info on Patrick Keelin, my elusive Irish ancestor

I am trying to find anything at all about my g-g-g grandfather, Patrick Keelin. The only thing I know for sure about him is that he was born in Ireland, and that his son, John, was born in Virginia in ...
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How and when did my Grandfather come to America?

My Grandfather John Ross came to America in January, February, March of 1912. I have been unable to find any information on the ship he came on or port of arrival. He came from Birkenhead, England....