I just got back from the great So. Cal. Genealogy Jamboree put on by the So. Cal. Genealogy Society. The last lecture I attended was by the Uber knowledgeable Stephen Danko. He has the “gold standard” version of a genealogy weblog. It here. Be astounded. I always am.
Anyway, Steve’s talk was on immigration records. Basically the talk was about opening your eyes to more than what the date was that your ancestor arrived. Depending on the year, immigration records can contain some very interesting information.
In a previous post I said that my Grandfather came to the US from Canada in 1911. This is true, but it’s only partially truth. After looking much harder at the 1911 immigration record, you can see that Granddad also said that he had entered the US in December of 1910. Guess what? I found that record.
So, here’s the full story. Bazili Wynohradnyk left Hamburg, Germany on the S.S. Pretoria on 23 November, 1910. He arrived at Ellis Island on 13 December 1910. At some point, he went to Canada and returned to the US from Canada, by train, in November 1911 headed for Boston.
S.S. Pretoria Manifest ( Two pages):
And as a special bonus, a picture of the S.S. Pretoria:
There’s a bunch more information on this manifest that I need to do a bit more research on: Like just who is Maria Wynohradnyk ? It lists her as married and Bazili as single. It also lists Maria’s father as having the last name: Aufczak which, to me is pretty darn close to Ostafyczuk my grandmothers maiden name.
Did the Wynohradnyk’s and the Ostafyczuk’s know each other in Galacia?