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From: joe <>
Subject: [TSL] Re: 1850-55, NY port, immigrant policy Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 06:26:33 -0800
Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 10:54:15 -0700
Along with what Sue posted, you should know that there were many passengers overlooked by the Germans to America index during the 1850-1855 time frame. This is explained here...
Germans to America 1850-1897
Scroll down to "Note 2." I'm assuming you've already checked Germans to America and not found your ancestor. The German Research Association is presently gathering up the passenger lists that were not included in the early volumes of Germans to America, but so far they are still on 1850.
If your ancestor did not arrive in New York, you could always search the indexes for the other ports...
Finding Passenger Lists 1820 to the 1940s (arrivals at US ports)
Of course if she landed in Canada, then as Sue pointed out, about your only chance of finding anything would be if she happened to depart from the port of Hamburg. The online database presently begins with 1890 so you would have to search using the microfilm offline...
Good luck with your search.
Carol Haywood <> wrote:
> Would anyone be aware of a U.S. policy to refuse European immigrants at
> the port of New York for a time in 1854 or so? I read about this in a
> Germany history online about the effect of the 1847-1852 crop failures.
> It said that a number of ships simply headed for a Canadian port instead
> because immigration from Canada was still unlimited.
> Can anyone confirm this? It could make a difference for me in finding my
> (or giving up on finding the immigration record of my) great grandmother
> at just that time.
> Carol Haywood