Re: 1894 EIDB info #general


sallybru <sallybru@...>
 

You don't need 2 different clerks to get 2 different spellings; sometimes
one clerk might be inconsistent-my gr grandfather's citizenship
certificates have his name spelled differently on the two copies (one his,
the other kept by the court). Spelling of names depended on how they
sounded, and the sounds of foreign languages were not easy to
transliterate.

There are a several possible different reasons why the couple might have
come to the US second class rather than steerage. They might have been
wealthy enough that they could afford a cabin; they might have seen
steerage and decided to pay more (that would account for being crossed out
of steerage).

It is also possible that they found out that one had a problem which would
keep him/her >from getting through Ellis Island (or Castle Garden)
screening. Only steerage passengers went to Ellis Island; second and first
classes weren't screened as they were presumed to be able to support
themselves sick or healthy.

Sally Bruckheimer
Albany, NY

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