Rob Weisskirch mentioned CEMLA - Centro de Estudios Migratorios
Latinoamericanos housing arrival records in Buenos Aires - covers the years
1882 to 1926.
Good news is the data has reached 1929. CEMLA's director Alicia Bernasconi
spoke at the October meeting of the Argentine Jewish Genealogy Association.
She updated the info we had, and mentioned present data entry has reached
April 1929. So presently the span for the records is Jan 2 1882 - April
CEMLA's director also mentioned that some older missing books have been
found when requesting later books at the Direccion de Migraciones for the
most recent data entry. These earlier books' info was missing in the
database and they are being included now, or have already been included.
As for records for 1870-1881, these are unaccounted for. Up to 1882, an
estimated 30 to 40% of immigrants arrived through uncontrolled river
crossing, and no records ever existed. At any rate, massive Jewish
immigration began several years later... the mark being set by the arrival
of the Wesser during August 1889. Immigration in 1888 was estimated in 50
persons. The Alliance Israelite Universelle helped members of 8 families
reach Argentina. The estimation for 1889 is of 1000, including hundreds on
board the Wesser.
The Wesser sailed >from Bremen. As Rob said, other ships arrived sailing from
Hamburg. But more ports were used over the decades leaving Europe for South
America. Rotterdam, Marseilles, Genoa, Trieste, Odessa to Turkey...,
Southampton, Liverpool, Cherbourg, Lisbon, Antwerp, the list goes on.
Re. CEMLA's database, books are missing so data transcribed by CEMLA is not
complete. Therefore, even if your relative came through the Buenos Aires
port, and even if you try the appropriate spelling variants, there is a
certain chance you might get no results. Missing data might be in the order
of 20 % or more.
Spelling is the other consideration. As Rob Weisskirch said, there is no
Daitch-Mokotoff Soundex. My ALPEROVICH arrived in different crossings on boa
rd Royal Mail ships as Alperowiz (?), Alperowitz, Alperowicz. My mother's
first name Liubov turned up in the computer as Ludwig (!) and my grandfather
Menasha / Menasche as Manasi. Grandmother Rosa was typed as Ropsa. And these
cases are no exception. So help with last names alternative spelling and
imagination with first names is important.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
GLIKSON, GLICKSON, GLUCKSOHN, GLUECKSOHN: Marijampole, Suwalki, Augustow,
Sejny,Sopotkin,Koenigsberg. POKROISKY, POKROJSKI, POKROY: Suwalki, Seirijai.
Lomza. ALPEROVICH, ALPEROWICZ: Kremenchug, Vilnius. HOLLANDERSKY,
HOLLENDERSKI, HOLLANDER: Suwalki, Seirijai, Lomza. TARNOPOLSKY, TARNOPOL:
Kremenchug, Kharkov. FELCHINSKY: Kremenchug, Vilnius, Felschtin?. KARP:
Grodno. SMELIENSKY(?), KRASNAPOLSKY(?), BLUMIGDAL (?), GOLUMBIEWSKY,