Help understanding ship manifest #records


Please help deciphering Ellis Island ship manifest. Line 27 is my grandfather. But there is something stamped over his name. What does this mean?


Thank you so much for your help,
Barbara Gilmore Silver
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Goldstein, Schultz, Brodetsky


Those numbers and date are related to his naturalization information.  It is hard to read the date; it looks like 3/20/19 to me.  If you have his naturalization document, you can see if the date matches.

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

David Oseas

A clarification to Marlise's post:  according to Marian Smith's Manifest Markings article on JewishGen (, naturalization verification markings are made in the Occupation column,  The markings on this particular manifest record are in the Name column, so they are for correspondence or record checks.

I would check the Name Index to INS Correspondence @ NARA ( to see if the passenger's name is found.  For all the gory details, please read Marian's wonderfully detailed posting here:

The copy of the manifest at FamilySearch ( ) is a bit clearer.  The date appears as 3/20/25 to my eyes.

David Oseas

HYMAN/HEYMAN/HEIMOWITS/CHAJMOVITS: Zemplen-Dobra, Hungary > New York;  KLEIN: Satoraljaujhely (Ujhely), Hungary > New York > Los Angeles
Hungary > New York;  OSEAS/OSIAS/OSIASI/OZIAS: Iasi, Romania > Chicago > Milwaukee > Los Angeles
SCHECHTER/SHEKTER: Kishinev, Bessarabia > New York;  SHERMAN: Iasi, Romania > New York > Los Angeles
STRUL:  Iasi, Romania > Haifa, Israel;  WICHMAN: Syczkowo (Bobruisk), Belarus > Milwaukee > Los Angeles


Thanks to David for posting the alternate link!  Yes, this annotation in the name column is a reference to New York verification of landing work and points to a local New York office file where they kept a copy of all the requests and replies for verifications.  Sadly, the old New York District files do NOT survive.  But the reference tells us his landing was verified for some reason.  The annotation reads:

V[erification of] L[anding], [New York file number] 98917/671 - 3/20/??  The circled letters at the end should be the verifier's initials but does look unusual.

We cannot tell if this verification was for some benefit (such as naturalization) or enforcement (investigation, deportation, etc.).  Remember, strict instructions directing all natz verifications to be noted in the occupation field only went out in 1926.  Prior to that, we see different styles at different ports--if they annotated at all.  So if this was pre-1926 it could be verification for anything.  One with more information about this passenger, like where he lived in the 'teens or twenties (when it appears the annotation was made), variant names, and more, might be able to make more sense of it.

Marian Smith