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If you are on Facebook, there is a closed and private group called 'South African Genealogy' that has lots of helpful and active members who know their way around the South African information sites. Join up, make a post with as much info as you have, and you should get dozens of responses within a few hours to day or so....or you can research yourself. ...


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The immigration visa number (8) is the number used to account for visas issued by the US Department of State at each consulate. This one is the 8th visa issued by the consulate at Stockholm for that year. Note there would also be a visa number 8 issued in London, another number 8 issued at Shanghai, and likely a number 8 issued from every consulate that ...


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Since this record is fairly modern (1957) it seems likely those references are similar to, or the same as, the modern visa categories. Most of the entries on that page have a C-1 visa, which is a transit visa that only permits immediate onward travel to another country, and all of these have a destination in Canada, which is consistent with that. B-2 is ...


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the names on the Berlin manifest have a pencil line drawn through them Names on the manifest were lined out when the passengers did not sail. See Marian L. Smith's article A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations at JewishGen.org. The information you want is on the page Markings on the Manifest's Left Margin, under the section "Not Shipped,&...


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I have great news for you. :) A 24 years old single man called Pedro Penalba Agueda arrived in Buenos Aires on 1930/03/18. The ship was "Conte Rosso". You can run the search here: https://cemla.com/buscador/ Note that the last name appears as "Penalba", not Ñ but N. This could be an error when he arrived, or an electronic misspelling when loading the ...


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The book They Came in Ships by John Phillip Colletta has a flowchart. He suggests starting with the following: Your ancestor's full, real name the approximate age at arrival the approximate date of arrival From there he suggests different types of searches, depending on the time period, and the other information you may have, such as the port of entry, ...


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One possible avenue of research is to look for Naturalization records. You have the certificate and you know the court which issued it. The National Archives' introductory section on finding Naturalization records is here: http://www.archives.gov/research/naturalization/#find For records prior to 1906, they say: "Contact the State Archives for the state ...


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I followed up on @AmericanLuke's reference and sent a request to the Holocaust Museum for the source of their information. (To send them questions, use the Virtual Reference Desk form.) The response (just hours later!) pointed me to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), which maintains a Genealogy section on their web site. The ...


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1) I can't imagine a young couple with 3 young children leaving their homeland if he was not in good health. Right. So first check ship's records, both departures from Germany and arrivals in the USA to see if they actually did come. 2) Even if this was the case, he would have not been allowed into the USA, due to his health. Many arrival ports ...


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You omitted links to the passenger list: at ellisisland.org, the entry is indexed "Andres Glavac" at ancestry.com, the entry is indexed "Andres Giavac" (3 times!) Column 11 (departure contact) sister: Glavac Ana Cze[rc?]socz Hung. Column 18 (destination contact) br.i.l. [S?]obocan Martin 19[9?]. 201 Erie St. So Chicago Ill. The placename in column 11 is ...


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There are multiple approaches to this problem -- here are my recommendations for how to go about the search. Important note: Do not assume there is only one passenger list -- many families had family members who went back and forth multiple times before settling in the USA. Find your great-grandfather's arrival (and find his naturalization records, if any ...


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I've left in my wrong turns below on purpose, to show the process of genealogical research and how to build evidence. This manifest is both correct and a red herring. It led me to some hypotheses that didn't pan out. To read about the path that led to the answer, go down an entire section, to "I'm getting nowhere fast." The full page is on FamilySearch (...


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There is no correct spelling of your surname. Sure, there is now. It's Wasmanski. Unless one of your modern-day relatives spell it differently, and they might. It is possible your current spelling is a change from another established spelling. It is possible the other spelling is a mistake (also be sure you're looking at the original document and not a ...


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First off, the more information you have the easier this will be. You'll optimally want to know the: Port of departure Date of departure Ship name Port of arrival Date of arrival ...and any other information about the voyage you can lay your eyes on. As far as I know, very few, if any, ship records exist pre-1800. These are spotty at best and rather ...


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The definitive source for arrivals in Australia is being developed by the National Archives of Australia at Passenger arrivals index, 1921-1949. As you can see from the title, it does not (yet) include even all those we can confirm leaving the UK. However, there is a broader name search facility that will run over all immigration and naturalisation records (...


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Yesterday, online records related to the Kindertransport children became available through FindMyPast: This is a fascinating collection of digitised government documents relating to the Kindertransport operation, dating from 1939 to 1945, held by The National Archives. The records may reveal when and where your ancestor arrived in Britain. This is ...


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There are records pertaining to the Milwaukee and Detroit customs houses at the National Archives. See Record Group 36.3: http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/036.html#36.3 36.3 Records of Customhouses 1745, 1762-1982 36.3.1 Records of customhouses and collection districts 36.3.2 Records relating to passenger arrivals 36.3.1 Records ...


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The basic premise in family history is to start with what you know, and work backwards and outwards from that point in small increments to discover more. You want to be able to say with confidence, when you recognize a record associated with your relative, that you are looking at something that was recorded about your relative and not someone else with the ...


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Image access FYI - Access to the Cook County collections was removed in 2013, because of contract changes. The images I downloaded before that from the marriage collection were all marriage licenses, with little more information than the index. Images for the "Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920" collection can now be accessed by ordering the ...


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It appears to read: Female cousin. Theresa C. Te?r?eira 868 Broad Street. Central Falls where the ? might be j or f There is a Theresa Kelly Feireira in the Rhode Island marriages.


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The "Instructions to Enumerators" for the 1920 census include the following instruction in the second paragraph, titled Definite answers: Definite answers - Try to get a definite answer to each inquiry according to the instructions herein given. But if after every effort you can not obtain the desired information write "Un" (for unknown).


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My advice to anyone trying to connect an immigrant ancestor back to the country of origin is to start by thoroughly documenting the life of the person in the USA first. You want to have enough information that when you are ready to work your way back to Germany, you'll recognize that you have the right person and not someone with the same name. Collecting ...


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Where else might information be lurking about these births and deaths? Death Records and Cemetery Information The Family History Library has a Register of New York City death records (update: this is no longer available to read online) describing what records the FHL holds. I haven't read the entire 209-page document yet, but when I was skimming it, this ...


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Try 607 E 11th Street, New York. That is the site of an apartment building constructed in the East Village around 1900.


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This is a very common and frustratingly undocumented annotation on Ellis Island passenger manifests but after a thorough review, I believe I have determined the meaning. My belief is that the 'S' stands for sojourn as in a 'protracted sojourn' as opposed to 'in transit' or 'transient'. In addition to wanting to document whether a person/family had a ticket ...


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First, you need to know if she was married before or after immigration. Since you know the date of her second marriage in the US, you should look for US Census records around that time. My great grandfather was a Danish immigrant, and on the 1900 US census, there's a column indicating the year of immigration: In his case, it says 1892. You can then search ...


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Note: this answer pertains to the question as it was originally asked, and not necessarily to its edited form. The question was how to find any surviving relatives of Phillip Post (who came from Eltville near Frankfurt around 1860) who might have served in WWII. The usual recommendation for studying your family history is to start with yourself and to work ...


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The image shown in the question is from Ancestry's Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930. In the About section, one is directed to FamilySearch's wiki page, Belgium, Antwerp, Police Immigration (FamilySearch Historical Records) According to the FamilySearch wiki page, only the locality appears between the name and the birthdate. I don't see ...


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