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skozewski



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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:04 pm      Post subject: 1873-'77 Ship Manifest Lubieszyn, Pomerania
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I need some guidance finding ship manifests for Kaminski family from Lubieszyn, Pomerania between the years 1873 to 1877:
Joseph Kaminski laborer, (born 1830) and Elizabeth Lemka, spouse (1832-36)
Destination: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:41 am      Post subject: Re: 1873-'77 Ship Manifest Lubieszyn, Pomerania
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skozewski wrote:
I need some guidance finding ship manifests for Kaminski family from Lubieszyn, Pomerania between the years 1873 to 1877:
Joseph Kaminski laborer, (born 1830) and Elizabeth Lemka, spouse (1832-36)
Destination: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Hi,
It presents some challenges, because of the timeframe that you are looking at.
Ellis Island did not open until 1892, so if they happened to come in through New York it would have been Castle Garden. However, there are many Atlantic ports to consider. Here is a good search tool that you can use:
https://stevemorse.org/ellis/free.html?firstkind=starts&FNM=&lastkind=starts&LNM=
Look at the drop-down menu for "Port" and you will see them listed, along with the years.
The other challenge is that the type of form that was used to collect passenger information changed over time. You have probably seen the later forms (say, post 1907 or so) that are two pages, and give information about where a passenger was headed, etc. However, your 1870s travellers will be on a one-page manifest which may give only the most basic information: name, sex, age and country of origin. For a name like Kaminski (that is to say, not a rare surname) it will be very difficult to know when you have found the right Joseph (it will likely use the Polish spelling Jozef). Your only hope, really, is that he and Elizabeth (Elzbieta) travelled together. So your task is to find a Jozef/Elzbieta pair whose ages are close to what you expect. If they happened to leave Europe via the port of Hamburg, you may find them on a Hamburg departure list and that could potentially give you the town from which they came.
To make it even harder, the indexes are famous for incorrectly spelling names, simply because the handwriting (and fading ink, sometimes) on the manifests makes it so hard to read correctly. Your Kaminski could be Kaminsky, Raminski, Kawiski, all kinds of things, because of handwriting.
Good luck in your search,
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Post Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 7:33 pm      Post subject: 1883 Ship Manifest - Joseph Kaminski
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Thank you, Sophia, for the details....It's an ongoing project...will keep trying
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