In the 1890s, most Litvaks left the European mainland >from one of the
German ports, and that was particularly true if they were headed to
England rather than the Americas. Hamburg was the busiest port for
emigrants. Take a look at a map >from that period and you'll see that
Lithuania was bordered by Germany. There was a railroad line that went
from Vilna to Kovno and then to the Russian / German border atEydtkhunen. If your ancestors did not have Russian passports, they
would have had to get off the train and sneak across the border, then
re-board the train on the German side. The train would take them to
Hamburg or perhaps Bremen.
The ports did not keep a record of who emigrated but the shipping
lines kept a record of passengers. The Hamburg-America Line records
are probably your best bet. Another good possibility is the records of
the Poor Jews Temporary Shelter in England.
England did not keep a record of immigrants >from Europe, only those
from other continents.JewishGen has some useful articles on this. On the JewishGen homepage,
click on "About Us" and the last item on the drop-down list is "Search
the JewishGen website". Click on that, then type in "emigration" in
the search box.
good luck -
From: Pnina and Mike Rothenberg <pandmr@...>...