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Differences in ship's manifest

Differences in ship's manifest

Posted: 6 Nov 2012 8:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Keyes
I have been researching arrivals from Ireland, and have noticed that the same ship on the same voyage has two different formats for the Manifest of Alien Immigrants. One is a very nice, long form with the Cunard Line name on it, which shows, among other things, the person with whom they were staying upon arrival in the US. This can be very valuable, for instance I found one relative recorded as staying with an uncle, whose name and address were provided, whom I had no other records on. Yet, on the same ship, others immigrant passengers were recorded on a more rough short form which did not have this column, and so no record of who they were staying with was obtained. I wish I had the long form for everyone. If you care to look at the manifest, it is the 10 May 1896 arrival of the Catalonia from Queenstown in Boston.

Re: Differences in ship's manifest

Posted: 6 Nov 2012 9:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Nov 2012 10:25PM GMT
Ok, I see now...

So images 1 to 43 of this voyage have details... departing from QUEENSTOWN...

whereas images from 44 to 69 show a departure from LIVERPOOL...

Re: Differences in ship's manifest

Posted: 6 Nov 2012 10:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
image 44 says "Liverpool (na) Queenstown" on the top. I don't know what the (na) means, but it seems to me that the ship departed Liverpool, stopped in Queenstown, and then went to Boston. Other (Internet) sources seemed to indicate this when I was looking for details on the ship. Sorry, I didn't save the info. One might think that perhaps the two different forms where for passengers from different ports - Nope, one of my family was on the long form and the others were on the short form, and they all left from Queenstown. I thought that perhaps the short form is a replacement, that the long form is the official one. If that were the case, then why are the last few lines on the long form at the end left blank? Curious...
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