New Thread: Portals #belarus

Jack R. Braverman <jbraverman1@...>

I'm grateful to all those who posted such fascinating and varied
reasons why emigrants/immigrants changed their surnames. Some of
the possibilities were enirely new, and several opened possibilities
to account for my own situation.


I wonder if a new thread may not be as valuable to us all. It's
been said endlessly that the Port of Hamburg, along with the
Hamburg-Amerika Line, dominated the emigration trade during the
great tide (1885-1914). Most of the boats dumped the tired and
wretched of Europe's shores in NYC.

Still there were other ports and other lines, especially after
WWII (1917).

Could others submit correlations between _known_ departure ports
and arrival ports in the U.S.?
Include the individual's country/area of origin.
Also the shipping line, if known, and date.
And the port of entry.

The value of this exercise is really to be realized by those who
simply can't locate a relative on an NYC Passenger List.

Should enough replies be posted, the results would suggest likely
alternative ports.

For example, did XYZ line from, say, Amsterdam, tend to dock in
Or did folk who walked to France tend to land in Philadelphia?

In one known case, relatives had to wait in Cuba for five years
until their quota number "came up." (This was in the 1930s.)
Their entry was through a small Florida port, and the Passenger
List was lumped in with other Florida ports on an NARA microfilm.

The value of this insight is that it provided a new possibility
for those frustrated by the endless readings of the NYC Lists.

For example:

Grodno > Hamburg > NYC. 1888. Hamburg-Amerika Line. Found in NYC
Passenger Lists.
Novograd-Volhynia (near Kiev) > Baltimore > Cleveland. 1903.
(Can't recall line just now.) Found in Baltimore Index to Passenger
Lists. (The value here was that there was a Baltimore-Ohio R.R.,
which took the strain off the Port of NYC and offered fewer transfers.)

* * * * *

Did you know that the NARA web site lists Passenger Lists for around
118 ports of entry? Some are indexed, though not many. (There are both
an index listing and an unindexed port listing.)

Jack R. Braverman

What an absolutely excellent idea!
If enough send in such information I will be willing to collect it
and put it on the Belarus SIG Online Newsletter! I think it would
be most useful -- in many ways.

So to all those who (hopefully!!) will send in such information:
Please send it to tbe Belarus Discussion Group with a copy to me:

One often overlooked possibility is the migration through
Denmark! Within a few years it is estimated that more than
10,000 migrated via Denmark -- and therefore might be found
in the Danish online searchable passenger lists database!

Best regards

Elsebeth Paikin, Copenhagen, Denmark
Moderator of the Belarus SIG, Denmark SIG
and Ekaterinoslav Discussion Groups
as well as
Coordinator & Webmaster of JewishGen Denmark SIG

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