JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Ports of Entry-- Arrivals from Cuba #general
Gladys Paulin <gp21603@...>
Subject: Re: U.S. Ports of immigration most likely >from CubaDan Kazez wrote:
There is a wonderful (and little-known) list showing arrivals to Florida,
Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina, for 1890-1924. Allen County Public
Library has it (Fort Wayne, Indiana USA; 219-421-1200;
http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/). On these microfilms, I found 5 different
crossings for my ALHADEF family. All of this material is on a collection of
under 10 microfilms. <<
This collection sounds like National Archives microfilm publication T517,
Index to passenger Lists of vessels Arriving at Ports in Alabama, Florida,
Georgia and South Carolina,, 1890-1924.
This is at the National Archives in Washington and the Southeast Region and
at LDS Family History Library-- which means you can order the pertinent
index to your family history center for less than $4.00. You do not need to
travel to the Allen County Library, Washington or Atlanta.
Everyone searching for information on ports of entry should always check the
National ARchives web site <http://www.archives.gov> go to the research
room and the section on passenger arrivals. There you will find much
information on searching for the correct ship.
Also, for the past two years, the INS has been releasing information on many
additional ports of entry and depositing the microfilms at the National
Archives. These include many more water ports, Canadian border crossings,
Mexican border crossings (>from Cuba to Mexico to U.S.. was not unheard of)
than were available three years ago. The LDS is acquiring copies of these
as quickly as possible.
The most up-to-date list can be found in the Guide to Research in the
National Archives, which is on line at their web site (*not* the Passenger
Arrivals catalog which has not been updated in a number of years).
For a complete list of Ports of Entry of the Immigration service, go to the
INS web site <http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/aboutins/history/index.htm>
and click on Ports of Entry.
And last, but not least-- ships >from Havana did sail directly to New York.
You will not find them in MOrton Allen, because that book only lists
European steamships. But New York is one of many possible entry points.
Re a previous posting, there are indexes for the Port of Galveston. The
Texas Seaport museum has also a searchable databas at
<http://www.tsm-elissa.org> for Galveston arrivals.
One of the best ways to find the port of entry is to first obtain the INS
file for anyone who later naturalized or registered under the Alien
Registration Act of 1940. (Information in Jewishgen FAQ)
Please check Jewishgen FAQ and info files as well as the National Archives
and INS web sites before asking me personally for more information. It is
always more exciting when you make your own discoveries -- and you will
know how to do it more efficiently the next time.
Gladys Friedman Paulin, CGRS
Winter Springs, FL