Re: Need help to decode abreviations & symbols on Detained Alien Passenger List #usa


RR is for "railroad."  In this case, a woman and her daughter traveling alone, it probably means they were released to the custody of the railroad for delivery to the waiting relative.  In some such cases the railroad company was required to return a receipt to the Immigration Service documenting the immigrants were delivered to said relative at the destination.  Some railroad lines employed women "matrons" to ride the trains and accompany groups of women and children "traveling alone" and deliver them at stops along the route.

Marian <portofentry@...>
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