If someone wanted to emigrate to the US it was considered much easier for
processing if the immigrant claimed to have a close relative. It was insurance
against the possibility of being denied entry. The same thing shows on the
manifest for my grandfather and his sister and their father who all arrived
together. They respectively cited an unnamed sister and daughter. This really
confused me because I could find no evidence that there was a close relative
already in the US.
HIRSCHFELD, HIRSZFELD, LINDENBAUM, BUXBAUM, BUCHSBAUM- Skwarzawa (Skvaryava),
Sielec Bienkow (Selets), Glinyany, Jaryczow Nowy (Novyy Yarychiv)-GALICIA
MINOFF, MINOWICKI, MINOWITZKI, TOBIASZ-Brest Litovsk, Wysokae Litovsk-BELARUS
I have recently found that my maternal grandfather and his brother each cited a
much older sister (about 15 years) in Boston who they were going to see on their
ship manifests...if an immigrant of that time would be likely to call someone a
sister who may not have been one.