When one does a search for Ellis Island passengers whether
using Steve Morse’s One-Step pages or the Ellis Island website,
what criteria were used to determine whether someone was Jewish
In earlier passages, manifests had a "nationality" category,
yet the "Passenger Record" will say "Hebrew", even though there
is no indication of ethnicity declared on the manifest.
Later manifests added race or people as a category and some
declared they were Hebrews.
Was there additional information? Was an ethnicity declared
based upon the surname by the volunteers when these records
Thank you in advance for your assistance.