Yehuda Berman <ybberman@...>
Shalom! I just received fuzzy photocopies of the Declaration of Intention
of my father, Louis BERMAN, to become a U.S. citizen (dated 1922) and of
his Petition for Naturalization (dated 1929). Both documents state that he
arrived in the U.S. in 1909 but the first says he arrived February 25 and
the second that he arrived March 21. The first document, filed in New York,
states that he emigrated >from Halifax [Canada], having previously resided in
England, and that he entered at the port of Chicago, having gotten there by
railroad. The second document, filed in Detroit, states that he arrived
from Montreal, Canada and entered at the port of Xxx, Michigan, havingarrived on the vessel C.F. K[?]y.
The name of the U.S. port in the Petition for Naturalization looks like
“See” or “Soo”. I checked an atlas of Michigan – there don’t seem to be
any ports that fit. It does not seem to be an abbreviation for Detroit
since the two small letters are identical in size and shape.
Contradicting the above documents, the Ellis Island website indicates that a
Louis Berman first arrived June 29, 1906, >from England, on the steamship
Baltic. There is no doubt that the particular Louis Berman in question is
my father. Which means that he entered the U.S., left at some point, and
then re-entered by way of Canada.
My questions: What ports in Michigan were used as points of entry? What
explanations could there be for the discrepancies on the Canadian port of
entry (Halifax versus Montreal) and on the American port of entry (Chicago
versus someplace in Michigan)? Lapses of memory? Could anybody suggest
what “vessel” (or railroad?) could C.F. Ky possibly be? And can one check
when a person left the United States, or when he entered Canada (from
Thank you in advance for your suggestions and advice.