Sally M. Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>
In 1900 if your uncle went >from Montreal to New York in steerage, then he
went through Ellis Island. If the family had some money, and he went in
first or second class or something like that, then he didn't go to Ellis
Island! I guess the theory was that if you had some money, you could take
care of yourself.
It was still the Port of New York, however, and New York Passenger Lists
exist and are indexed for that time.
Of course, he could possibly have meant New York State not city and crossed
the Saint Lawrence into New York State somewhere else. Those records would
be in St. Albans, VT immigration lists.