Thank you for this info -- I somehow missed your message and only found it today (7 yrs later)! I will print this info off and keep it in mind.
Another glitch is that according to my family's lore, my Seran Olsen stowed away in the ship on the way over the Atlantic! Whether true or not I am not sure, but if so that would make tracing him though emigrant lists impossible.
I know he was in Springhill, N.S., Canada, by 1901 for sure because he is in the census here, married, and with children.
Oh well, Maybe those church records will help.