Re: Traveling Great Grandmother #general

Michele Lock

Pre-1900, it can be challenging to confirm if an immigrant one finds on a ship passenger list to the US, is the relative that you are searching for. There was not much definitive information about these immigrants on these earlier lists, such as where their last residence was, who they are going to, what their final destination was, who paid for their ticket, etc. For the immigrant woman that you found traveling on her own in Dec. 1898 - does the list say where she is heading? Does it have her marital status on the list? Any other information? Or is she someone who has the same name and age of your great grandmother, but not much more that is definitive?

These ocean voyages to the US were not easy to endure, let alone for a woman who is about six months pregnant. The voyages took 12-16 days, and traveling in steerage was uncomfortable (and that is a euphemism). There is the also the cost for these voyages. 

Another thought - is it Ancestry or FamilySearch who is suggesting that the woman who came in Dec. 1898 to the US is your great grandmother? These hints are often wrong, and need to be considered carefully. Both websites often mix people up, when they have the same name and similar ages.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Rabinowitz in Papile, Lithuania and Riga, Latvia
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

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