Ancestors Passenger Arrival Two will be on tips 3, 4 and 5. Learn ethnic names, check multiple ports and don't stop looking.
3. Learn Ethnic Names
Our ancestors may not have traveled with the Americanized version of their given and surname that we may not be familiar with. Look for your ancestor's given and surnames in his/her native language.
BehindName.com is helpful in finding some variants. This website may be for sale, so come back again.
My "Hudlow" ancestor's German name was "Huttenlach" on the passenger list. Also my "Haynes" ancestor's name also German was "Hoehn". It was sometimes spelled "Hoen". At times the scrivner went by sound to translate and transcribe the immigrant's name. Other times they tried to transcribe from
the passport papers.
Look for information online and in print publications that can teach you the ins and outs of surnames in the land of your ancestors. Their is this website PolishRoots.org which has several articles and helpful resources on Polish surnames. Check for German and Hungarian websites etc.
4. Check Multiple Ports
Not every immigrant came through Ellis Island even though we may have been told that our ancestor came through Ellis Island. We have a number of ports of entry: Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia on the East coast, New Orleans in the South, San Francisco on the West coast.
In addition, for many years travel to Canada from Europe was cheaper and you may find that your ancestor took that route to the United States. "Border Crossing records" from Canada to the United States are available for the years 1895-1956, and Canadian Passenger Lists are available for 1865-1955 on
5. Don't Stop Looking
Don't overlook the possibility that your ancestor may have made more than one trip. Sometimes particularly in later years, when steampships made the trip easier and faster---immigrants made
several trips before finally settling in. We see this with the two lists I scanned on Mr. Peter Lorre. In Mr. Lorre's actions he could have been performing in theaters in Europe. I do not know
when he first came to the United States, but I have glanced at his naturalization papers.
Once in a while take a rest from your research. Don't ever give up the search for your ancestors. One day you will find them where you previously looked or some place you did not expect to find them.
Keep traveling along the genealogy research pathway and enjoy the your travels. Keep returning to Ancestors Passenger Arrival Two page to be sure you have not forgotten a tip or two.
The first photo above is complete copy with the Lorres' names shown on the passenger list.
Second photo is a partial copy to give you an idea of the information to be found. He we learn Mr. Lorre' real name:
Ladislav Lowenstein, born in Rosenberg, Slovakia. Passport was issued in London, England on Feb. 18, 1936. Occupation: actor.
Race: Hagyar or Wagyar.
Head to www.ancestry.com and find out what you find on your ancestor(s).