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Subject: Re: [LIN] Thomas RINGROSE TAGG's Marriage 1837
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2011 16:57:05 PDT -0700
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> No travel record, England to US.
Nivard is right. Most countries did not keep records on who left, only who
arrived. The master of the vessel was to prepare a passenger list to give to
the authorities when he tied up at the dock.
People place a lot of faith in these passenger lists, but it was up to the
passengers to be honest in providing information. And the steward who took down
the information had the same problem as census takers. People had strange
accents. People gave the names of villages they had left as their birthplaces,
when sometimes they were not, etc.
I remember taking my granddaughter to the Netherlands. She had a passport, of
course, but I had to carry a letter from her mother to say that she could travel
with me and I could administer her health care needs. Times have changed!