JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Deported Passenger/ Response summary #general

Bruce Reisch <bir1@...>

I wrote:
I am looking through the soundex index of New York passenger arrivals
(1902-1943, National Archives Microfilm Series T621) for a person known to
have arrived in October 1921. He was detained due to an eye problem and
deported back to Warsaw soon thereafter, though his wife was permitted to
stay in New York. Will he still be found in the index to passenger
arrivals (and on the ship passenger manifest)?

Here is a summary of responses received:
1. Detained and deported passengers will still be in the index.
2. Since the passenger list is filled out on board ship prior to arrival,
all arriving passengers are listed in the manifest.
3. Deported passengers are also listed at the end of each ship passenger
manifest, along with the reason for deportation.
4. If a passenger who was eventually deported traveled with other family
members, their names can also be looked up in the soundex index.
5. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society records (available at YIVO and LDS Fam.
History Centers) also have information about the deportation of arriving
6. You can request the INS file >from a relative's deportation hearing.
You may actually receive this file through a combination of luck and
perseverance. I am unclear if the file will contain genealogically
relevant material, but the story of the deportation hearing will be an
interesting one to collect.
7. Don't always trust old family stories. For instance, one respondent
told me that several family members confirmed that a relative had arrived
but was promptly deported. It was later learned that only his spouse had
actually boarded the ship; he was rejected at the port of embarkation due
to the pre-screening of passengers which shipping lines did to avoid the
expense of returning a deported passenger.

Thanks to all who took the time to respond so generously and so helpfully.

Bruce Reisch
Geneva, New York
REISCH, SCHECHTER, FEUERSTEIN - Sadgura, Bukowina, Ukraine
BRUCKER/BRUKER - Solca, Bukowina, Romania
WEISSMAN - Brody, Galicia, Ukraine
SCHACHTER - Okup, Ukraine

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