I am fairly new to this list. I just want to let others know that without this
list's helpers I would not have been able to locate my grandparents in Sweden
and find out how they got to the U.S. In the beginning the only information I
had was their death certificates (with some incorrect info on them), my
grandfather's military papers, copies of the 1920 & 1930 U.S. Census. From the
list I received info on the 1890 & 1900 Swedish census. Also, from the list I
found out about how they went to Norway to begin their voyage to this country.
From the Norweigan database I found my grand parents. They both went on to
Liverpool and boarded a ship to the U.S. I did find the passenger list showing
my grandmother arriving here in 1901 in the Boston, Mass. port. I still could
not fine my grandfather who came here in 1911. I did know from the 2 U.S.
Census that he was became a naturalized citizen in 1916. They were living in
Chicago. In April of this year I sent a letter to the Illinois Regional
Archives Depository asking them to look up his naturalization papers. This
past Saturday I was so happy to receive copies of all of his papers. Much to
my surprise on his papers it showed that he enter this country at Detroit,
Michigan on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The ship that he took from
Liverpool put in at Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. Here I was looking in
all the wrong places for a passenger list with his name on it. He did not
enter the U.S. on the east coast afterall. From the Canadian Archives I am
going to see if I can look at the microfilm of the passenger list from St.
John for the year 1911 thru my library interlibrary loan.
I am writing this to let others know that sometimes what you think is true is
not. If you are having problems finding your family on a passenger list and
they are naturalized citizens in the U.S. I would suggest that you write to
request a copy of them. I got 4 pages from the IRAD and it only cost me $1.00.
Since I am retired and have very limited funds this was very reasonable. Look
for as much infomation that you can from the U.S. Census where your family
lived as that can provide you clues as to where to go for more information.
Sorry that this is so long but maybe it will help someone who is just starting
to trace his/her family.