JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen RE: Relatives in manifests #general

Martin Miller

For whatever it's worth, I can cite a couple of examples.

My grandfather was traveling to an "uncle" in Brooklyn in 1911. Since I knew almost
nothing about my grandfather's family I spent years tracking down the family of the
"uncle." I was able to learn that the "uncle" came >from the same town (Virbalis,
Lithuania), but I can't figure out any way they could have been related.

My wife's relative came with his future wife and a child as a family of three,
using her family name! By age and first name, I'm guessing that the child was the
future wife's first cousin. One surname instead of three.

Another relative has a cousin listed on the manifest as her oldest child, but the
ages were way too close for the cited relationship to be believed. However, even
though the relationships weren't what one might have thought at first glance, there
was actually a lot of information to be had.

Martin Miller
Syracuse, NY
millerm214@... for my genealogy site

From: Bev Potter [mailto:basha@...]
I wouldn't assume that she wasn't a "true" older sister just because it might
have been easier to emigrate if the immigrant claimed to have a close relative.

David Schreiber wrote:
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. Since I had never heard about this sister, I would like
to know, before I go too far down that road, if an immigrant of that time would
be likely to call someone a sister who may not have been one.

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