Re: Help ship records - not all family did entire journey to USA #belarus #usa #russia #records

Jill Whitehead

There are very few early ship records for journeys across the Baltic to Britain, and certainly hardly any in the 19th century for those who travelled to Hull, and other East Coast ports. They were either not kept or destroyed. See the Moving Here pages on The National Archives website. 

You are lucky if you do have some from 1905.

We all have stories about families who stayed in UK but had intended to go onto USA (e.g. they were robbed of their money, they were terribly sea sick and could not cope with ship trips). Some of my family who came in 1860's or 1870's did go onto USA in about 1905, when the Aliens Act came in, and if they had not bothered to Naturalise as a UK citizen by 1905. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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