Re: Unable to find names on passenger lists #names


Joel Hayflick
 

I can confirm that there are missing passengers from the photographed and digitized ship manifest database for US arrivals. My SPITKOVSKY ancestors were not present on the digitized or microfilmed manifests for US passenger arrivals. Rather they were found on the Hamburg passenger departure manifest list. This ‘aha’ moment led me to write to the Castle Garden park services team to ask if there are missing pages from the microfilmed records. I was told that the paper passenger manifest page on which my ancestors were recorded was missing from the document. Therefore it was never photographed and digitized. Remember that these documents are made of materials that were not intended to last indefinitely. I recommend searching the departure lists (available through the Ancestry website) if you haven’t done so already. Good luck!

Joel Hayflick
Palo Alto, CA USA

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