Re: Any Ideas on Ancestor's Departure Port? #general

Judith Singer

In the 1890s, most Litvaks left the European mainland >from one of the
German ports, and that was particularly true if they were headed to
England rather than the Americas. Hamburg was the busiest port for
emigrants. Take a look at a map >from that period and you'll see that
Lithuania was bordered by Germany. There was a railroad line that went
from Vilna to Kovno and then to the Russian / German border at
Eydtkhunen. If your ancestors did not have Russian passports, they
would have had to get off the train and sneak across the border, then
re-board the train on the German side. The train would take them to
Hamburg or perhaps Bremen.

The ports did not keep a record of who emigrated but the shipping
lines kept a record of passengers. The Hamburg-America Line records
are probably your best bet. Another good possibility is the records of
the Poor Jews Temporary Shelter in England.

England did not keep a record of immigrants >from Europe, only those
from other continents.
JewishGen has some useful articles on this. On the JewishGen homepage,
click on "About Us" and the last item on the drop-down list is "Search
the JewishGen website". Click on that, then type in "emigration" in
the search box.

good luck -
Judith Singer

From: Pnina and Mike Rothenberg <pandmr@...>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:59:18 +0000 (UTC)
My paternal Rinkovski grandmother and her six sisters left the Russian
Empire with her sisters in the 1890's. They moved to Great Britain,
lived in London. Earlier, they lived in what is now named Lentvaris,
near Vilnius, Lithuania, and also around Moscow.

What port did they leave from? Klaipeda, Lithuania (was Memel,
Germany, then), is probably the closest to a place where they lived.
Other ports include Riga, Latvia, Kaliningrad, in Russia. >from these
ports, the ship would have needed to go around Denmark because the Kiel
Canal in northern Germany wasn't yet completed.

Other port areas closer to London would be in the Netherlands, Belgium
and France and it's possible they left >from here.

Clue, possibly: family stories say the older sisters "carried" the
younger ones.

My goal is to try and contact the likely ports and see if they still
have records >from the 1890's that might show these sisters' leaving
for London.

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