JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: 1900-era documents for immigration to USA #general

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>

A question about 1900 era immigration said:

"If you were not in
good health, or were otherwise thought likely to become a public charge, you
could be refused entry upon arrival."

In 1900, before that, and for some time after, only a ticket was needed. A
woman needed a male family member to get her >from the ship, if the woman
travelled alone.

If the person came in steerage, the quoted statement above applied. If a
person came 2nd class or 1st class, there was no inspection, so anybody
could come to the US if they were in a cabin-deaf, lame, trachoma-infested,
blind, ancient, whatever. There are stories of people in steerage being
sent back to Europe, but the family saved up for a cabin-class ticket to
bring them to the US to rejoin the family.

Sally Bruckheimer
Bridgewater, NJ

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