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Hapsburg Empire immigration/Hungary #Hungary

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I would like to learn more about Jews who immigrated to the US via Panama.  My grandfather-in-law immigrated to the US in the late. 19th Century.  He left no information about his family or location in what is now Hungary.  It was part of the Hapsburg Empire before WW I.  He immigrated at 17 years old because family lore said he did not want to go into the Kaiser's army.   He was in Los Angeles soon after his immigration and then San Francisco, where he married and lived until his death in the early 20th Century    Where can I find ship passenger lists/manifsts from Panama?  HIS NAME WAS IGNATZ KLEIN.  He changed his surname to KLINE soon after he immigrated.  Please help.  Donna Kline

Vivian Kahn
 

Donna,

Would be able to provide more assistance if you included more information such as his exact year of birth and death. Have you checked naturalization, military or other records that might provide info about place of birth? Death and marriage records may indicate names of his parents. Any other siblings in the US? Census records can help to narrow arrival and naturalization dates. Headstone may provide Hebrew name of his father. KLEIN was a very common Hungarian Jewish surname but still worth contacting Hungarian subscription list once you can offer some additional information.

Vivian Kahn, Oakland, California

Vivian Kahn
 

Donna,

I did a quick check and may have found your Ignatz.  Census records list KLINE Ignatz born about 1873, married to Louisa, who came to the US 1883-85. Passport application identifies his father as Nathan Joseph and his birthplace as "Bakasur". That may be a misspelling of Bekescsaba. Hope this helps!

Vivian Kahn