Ship Lists: Compare Multiple Versions

Have you searched an online site for a record, didn’t find your ancestor, and gave up on that search?  If you haven’t looked at all versions of that source, you may have missed your man!  Let me give you an example.  I searched for an immigration record for Winifred...

Shipshape: The Difference Between Ships

Have you ever been on a cruise?  I have.  If you have, you may have noticed there’s a difference between ships of different classes. Bruce is all about studying ships, especially cruise ships.  He knows the length and breadth and number of passengers for each...

Processing the New Immigrant

When an immigrant ship arrived at a U.S. harbor, it didn’t just pull up to a wharf and the passengers streamed out.  In the mid-1800s, the new immigrant usually went through a process somewhat like this: As the ship neared the port, a tug pulled alongside and tied on...

On Arrival: Ports of Entry and Passenger Lists

If you ancestor was alive and enumerated in the 1900 U.S. census, lucky you!  With this census and those that followed, 1910, 1920, 1930, you have a clue as to the date of his arrival in the U.S. and whether he had become naturalized.  These are huge clues.  So,...