Re: Manifest Residence and sex change? - BOGATIN/BEGATIN #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>

Posters replying to the original query have various explanations why people
are listed in the same order or various errors are made on Hamburg or UK or
New York Passenger Lists for the same sailing. The fact is that all the
passenger lists are made up >from ticketing information, so they don't line
people up at each port and check to see if they are in the same order,
friends don't line up together, families don't line up together if tickets
were bought at different times, and they don't try to determine whether
children are boys or girls. They simply copy the list made >from tickets
bought - with whatever errors they might make in the process.

It is like indexing. If you digitize 2000 names, you might make a few (or a
lot of) errors. The actual passengers were not involved.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ

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