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Do old hotel registers exist? #general


boris
 

Mash, thank you very much for your reply. I agree with you regarding privacy issues and newspapers.com notices. So far, the most informative reply, though not the one I wanted to see, came from Debra Hirsh, via Tracing The Tribe group on facebook: [answering your question,] "as someone who got into the hotel industry WAY after that. I'm going to say, probably not. I was in the industry for 30 years and we kept things 7 years as a rule."

Since my original post, A30 Canadian Immigrations cards for the man and his wife were discovered. I now know the couple’s names, so the more realistic next step seems to look for burials of any ‘Lester’-looking names in Toronto, in the hope that there will be a Hebrew part of a tombstone reading Naftoli b. Ber, or Nechame b. Moshe.

Boris


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Mashiach L. Bjorklund
 

Hotel registers (AKA Hotel Guest Register Log Book) are not legal documents, therefore they were not archived like other documents. If you find one it should be considered a random find. Sometimes, in small towns, the local boarding house / guest hotel had it's register published in the local small town newspaper. People were nosey and privacy was not a big concern in days past. But in larger urban areas this was not the case. But it does imply that you might want to search Newspapers.com for that time period and that local. People were still nosey about visitors, and perhaps his reason for being there was noted.

Mash Bjorklund
Clearwater, FL


hirschj154@...
 

If he crossed as a tourist, it is very likely no record was ever made. You were usually just waived through, particularly if you were a USA or Canadian citizen. 

John Hirschmann
Washington, DC


Sally Bruckheimer
 

There are border crossing cards which FamilySearch and Ancestry have. We used to bike to Canadian beaches from Buffalo when I was a kid - you didn't need a plane or a train if you were in the US or Canada. Detroit is the same.  You can walk across the border in lots of places.

There may be old hotel registers, but you would have to ask the hotel, and I bet they aren't interested in looking through them for you. Same with funeral parlors.

Sally Bruckheimer
Princeton, NJ


Kenneth Ryesky
 

Boris,
 
If he crossed the border from Canada to the USA, then you might possibly find some airplane or train manifest reflecting this.
 
 
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Petach Tikva, ISRAEL
 

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boris
 

 

The question is both general, of possible interest to many, and specific, addressed to Miami mavens.

 

A relative, born Naftali Lasutra in Pulin, Ukraine, who changed his surname to Lester - or similar - stayed in the Lord Balfour Hotel in Miami, during one Pesach in the 1950's. I cannot find his traces in Toronto, where he lived and assume that the name as remembered phonetically by his Russian relatives is incorrect. Therefore, I would like to put my hands on this hotel's guest register, provided it exists and learn his name as it was written in English.

 

Thank you very much!

 


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