Late 19th and early 20th century alien passenger manifests often contain cryptic number and letter codes. Most genealogists simply ignore them. Learn how to interpret these codes and discover what significant details they can reveal about your ancestor’s immigration and naturalization experience. This presentation is heavily illustrated with examples from actual immigrant passenger lists and the handout provides a fairly complete glossary of the terms, codes, and abbreviations used.
Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG®, began researching her ancestors more than forty years ago. She is co-editor of Minnesota Genealogist journal, immediate past-president of Northland Chapter Association for Professional Genealogists, and has served on Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors. Liz is also a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies. Her awards include second prize in the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors’ Excellence in Writing Competition, the MGS North Star Award, the MGS Ambassador’s Award, and the Heritage Education Commission Family History Award. Liz does research for clients from across the US and overseas as Red Bird Genealogy Services.