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Seeking details of travel to South Africa in 1920s

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. ...
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Two ships, two manifests, same passengers?

Entries on passenger manifests were lined out when the passengers did not sail, were changed to a different class of travel, or did not embark or disembark at the port stated on the manifest header. ...
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Identifying numbers on the United States Immigrant Identification Card

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 ...
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Seeking 1912 Passenger Lists into United States for ships near RMS Titanic?

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 ...
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Finding record of immigration to Argentina from Spain?

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/...
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Finding a town in Russia-Poland from 1910

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 ...
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Correct spelling of Austrian surname Wasmanski?

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 ...
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Finding original Polish surname of 19th Century immigrant to United States?

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, ...
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How can I find a female Danish immigrant's name prior to her marriage?

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, ...
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Is there an online list of Kindertransport records?

Yesterday, online records related to the Kindertransport children became available through FindMyPast: This is a fascinating collection of digitised government documents relating to the ...
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What is written in this excerpt from a Manifest of Alien Passengers for the US arriving at Providence?

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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What does un mean in the column for immigration year on the 1920 US census?

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 ...
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What does "S" mean in the context of possessing a ticket for the next leg of a journey?

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' ...
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Discovering descendants of 19th Century German immigrant to Australia who served in World War 2?

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 ...
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How can I find a female Danish immigrant's name prior to her marriage?

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 ...
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Understanding Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index Numbers?

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 ...
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Tracing US ancestor back to Germany?

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 ...
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Seeking birth record for Russian who immigrated to New Zealand in 1950s?

Your grandparents immigrated to New Zealand in 1951. Passenger List is viewable at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KLBP-4T7 Cazaro born 12 Sept 1918 in Pančevo, Yugoslavia (now Serbia). ...
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Narrowing down date of immigration from England to USA?

I think you have identified the correct passenger list, being the SS City of Washington departing from Liverpool and arriving in New York on 19 Jun 1860. The relevant excerpt shows Susan (50), Eliz[...
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How to interpret Samuel Trigg in Early Virginia Immigrants repeated entries?

Let's look at the nature of the source first, using the Evidence Analysis Process Map, keeping in mind the elements of the Genealogical Proof Standard and other good genealogical practices. On the EE ...
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What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann - part II?

Let's start by clarifying some points in your question. Passenger Lists Passenger lists for this period (Castle Garden) are US Customs lists rather than immigration lists as we see from the Port of ...
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How Piasecki was spelled originally?

This is a common question for beginning genealogists. However, the emphasis on the correct spelling of a name is a relatively recent phenomenon. Even if you could determine a preferential spelling for ...
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Finding UK immigration record for Isaac Gabriel of Russia?

There are naturalisation case papers at The National Archives for an Isaac Gabriel of Woolwich dated 1882 which seem likely to be for the same man. Those should give some background about him and his ...
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Why would the spelling of a town in Romania be changed upon arrival in Canada?

The name of the town did not change. Nor did the correct spelling change. But the language the officials spoke did. Sânmihaui is not a German word and, while Romania (like the rest of the Austro-...
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Cannot find an immigrant in the 1860/70 US Census

Start with a document you're sure of and work your way back. The birth record and ship manifest are both good places to start, but you need more. Gustav Adolf Neumann is a fairly common name. ...
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How can I determine whether there are BSI (Board of Special Inquiry) minutes or records for an alien on a list of detained aliens?

https://www.uscis.gov/history-and-genealogy/genealogy/genealogy-notebook/researching-deportation-records "Researching Deportation Records" explains this in detail. For records prior to April 1, 1944 "...
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Missing Ship / Passenger record?

The manifest got his names switched. (That is, the clerk wrote Leonidas in the "Family Name" column and V. Zotos in the "Given Name" column.) Index: https://www.familysearch.org/...
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Where to find Brazil immigration records of ancestor from Italy?

There is a Brazil Genealogy page at FamilySearch that leads to a Brazil Emigration and Immigration page that mentions Italy: From 1808 to 1940 immigrants came to Brazil from over 50 nations all ...
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Where did the Vannoske's come from?

When I have questions for which no direct answer seems to exist, my answer to the question Are there any other records here in the US which might lend a clue? is anything you can lay hands on. It may ...
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