Re: Relatives in manifests #general

Bev Potter <basha@...>

I wouldn't assume that she wasn't a "true" older sister just because it might have
been easier to emigrate if the immigrant claimed to have a close relative. Don't
rush to write someone off on that basis - you won't know if she is a sibling until
you trace through the birth records.

My great-grandfather Nathan Paderefsky is listed in the 1900 New York census with
his wife and children and, along with them is Jacob, a brother. Nathan in 1900 was
38 years old, Jacob is listed as 20 years old - a difference of 18 years!

Is Jacob a full brother, a half-brother or perhaps no "true" brother at all? I
don't know yet. But, if he is a full brother or even a half-brother, suddenly my
tree just got a lot larger.

Bev Potter

David Schreiber wrote:
I have recently found that my maternal grandfather and his brother each cited a
much older sister (about 15 years) in Boston who they were going to see on their
ship manifests. Since I had never heard about this sister, I would like to know,
before I go too far down that road, if an immigrant of that time would be likely
to call someone a sister who may not have been one.

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