Peter Zavon <pzavon@...>
First, don't give up on the Passenger lists, just don't place all your hopes in
the on-line index. The volunteers who extracted data for the on-line index did
their best but it has become very clear that many of them were completely
unfamiliar with handwriting styles of the period, as well as with the surnames and
place names of central and eastern Europe. The result is a database that includes
many mis-read entries along with the huge amount of correctly read transcriptions.
So go to the microfilms of the passenger lists themselves and look through the
list for the Vaderland's arrivals in New York in August 1908.
The Morton Allan Directory lists the Vaderland, a vessel of the Red Star Line,
arriving in NY on 3 August 1908 >from Antwerp. It also arrived on 31 August and
again on 28 September. So it seems to have been on a routine service with a
round-trip time of around 30 days.
The Branch Archive of the National Archives (on Varrick Street in Manhattan)will
have copies of the microfilms. As you are in Teaneck, not far >from Manhattan, I
suggest you see if you can get in there to look at the microfilm images. That is
often easier than trying to navigate the images on the Ellis Island site.