Ship manifests: "Whether in possession of $50....." #general


marlene finkelstein
 

I've been doing genealogy research for a few years now and it just struck me
to wonder what the entry on the ship manifests under " Whether in possession
of $50, and if less, how much?" means. Was there a system for the immigrant
to convert their native currency to U.S. dollars at the port of departure or
did it happen upon arrival? I'm just curious about each step in the process
that my ancestors underwent to come to America.

Marlene Finkelstein

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