Re: Incorrect ship manifest exclusion/deportation designation? #usa #general #records


Michael:  I recently found an immigrant who arrived in NY from Rotterdam aboard the Ryndam on Dec 11, 1907.  After a hearing before the Board of Special Inquiry (BSI) and an appeal she was deported  for LPC on Jan 8, 1908, aboard the Statendam .  Once back in Rotterdam she wasted no time in taking the Statendam back to NY on it next voyage, arriving on Feb 6, 1908. Once again she had to face the BSI for LPC, but this time was admitted.      

Your guess that your ancestor turned quickly around and returned may well be correct.  Keep looking for him on another ship. Try another port of entry.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 12/3/2020 1:46 PM, Michael Rubin via wrote:
Like many, I've found an immigrant ancestor deemed liable to become a public charge on a ship's manifest (July, 1909) whose appeal was dismissed and whose line on the manifest is stamped "DEPORTED."  The issue is that this person actually made it into the US and showed up in the 1910 census and lived the rest of his life in the US.  Aside from the possibility that he went back to Europe and then successfully (re)immigrated between July, 1909 and April, 1910, is it possible that he made it into the US in July, 1909 in spite of the indication to the contrary?  Is there a straightforward way to check that?  Might there be a correspondence file on his case and what's the best way to search for such a file these days?

Michael Rubin
Boston USA   

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