Declaring ethnicity of Ellis Island passengers #general


Alex Woodle
 

Dear Cousins,

When one does a search for Ellis Island passengers whether
using Steve Morse’s One-Step pages or the Ellis Island website,
what criteria were used to determine whether someone was Jewish
or not?

In earlier passages, manifests had a "nationality" category,
yet the "Passenger Record" will say "Hebrew", even though there
is no indication of ethnicity declared on the manifest.

Later manifests added race or people as a category and some
declared they were Hebrews.

Was there additional information? Was an ethnicity declared
based upon the surname by the volunteers when these records
were compiled?

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Alex Woodle
Groton, MA

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