Perhaps someone will be able to help you, if you give us his name, birth date, and place he was naturalized or lived in the US. The Kronprinz Wilhelm did arrive in NY on 28 May 1902.
I found the manifest information on Ancestry, the ship Kronprinz Wilhelm docked in the Port of New York on May 28, 1902 the manifest starts on Pg. 5 of 58 see link:
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Thank for for looking into this. That link doesn't seem to work.
Here is his info
His first name has been spelled differently throughout the years on records and transcriptions of the records.
Ignatz on Naturalization record, above.
Ignatius - I think he may have used this in USA.
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On the passenger list (list 22 on Kronprinz Wilhelm arriving NY 28 May 1902) he is listed as Ignac Finck:
If you look closely at his last residence, Unterwarmberg, it says in light writing Sloven. Unterwarmberg is in Slovenia, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the time he left. Unterwarmberg was in the Gottschee area of Slovenia. There is actually a Gottscheer Heritage & Genealogical Society Gottscheer Heritage & Genealogy Association |.
Unterwarmberg is now Topla Reber, Kocevje, Slovenia
Ignaz Fink was baptized in Unterwarmberg, Krain, Austria on 19 Sep 1883. His family lived in house #16 in Unterwarmberg.
The pages do not follow each other on the microfilm because they filmed all the left hand pages in the book first and then filmed all the right hand pages.
His parents were Johann Fink, resident, and Maria Mauser.
Familysearch.org has the Catholic records for Unterwarmberg back to 1826.
The Catholic Church records for Altlag, Krain, Austria contain records back to 1691 for Unterwarmberg, prior to the town getting their own church in the 1820's
Oh wow! You're such a kind person to take the time to do this. Thank you for such exciting information!
I have been going crazy with all the different spellings on documents.
His birthplace also changed on documents. His 1936 "Petition for Naturalization" record (different than you saw which was the "Declaration of Intention") and it says he was born in Untervermberg, Jugoslavia.
Then, the 1920 & 1930 censuses state Austria. The 1940 census says Germany.
Today, it's none of those countries.
My next project will be to trace his wife, Maria Meister (they married in USA) who came over, alone, at the age of 14 in 1891. I'm curious as to why she came over at such a young age, and alone. Her naturalization was on hold (ca. 1940) because they wanted to ensure she wasn't an "enemy alien".
Also, it's interesting that Ignatz' mother's name was Maria Mauser and he married Maria Meister.
We hope to make a trip over there once this covid pandemic settles down which may be 2022.
Make it a wonderful day because you certainly deserve it!
Thank you again!
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If you look at the passenger arrival list for Maria Meister, she actually was traveling with her friend, Pauline Reinhardt, age 17. They both were from the same town, Möckmühl, Wurttemberg Ancestry.com - New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957
Compulsory education ended as age 14 in Germany at the time and girls from poor families often left home and became live-in maids or servants. Maria and Pauline may have had contracts for employment in the US or one or both of them had relatives already living in the US.
Thank you again for the informative review. Regarding Ignaz Fink's father, Johann (on the Baptism Cert that you found), family rumor says that my paternal great-grandfather (Johann) was a governor. Do you know if it's possible to trace his profession to where he was a "government" official of some sort. Or perhaps a close family member was. The day is still wonderful!
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Dear Ms. Fink,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
In addition to the information from the previous posters, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 6/16/1897 - 7/3/1957 in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that should include the lists of the SS Kronprinz Wilhelm for 28 May 1902. These records are not available online via the Catalog. For more information, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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You may wish to search the Passenger Ship - The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island index for the manifest of the SS Kronprinz Wilhelm, 28 May 1902. FamilySearch also has a New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 with the manifest for the SS Kronprinz Wilhelm, 28 May 1902, found on Roll 280, vol 466-467 starting on image 340.
Austria was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during WWI and then was annexed to Germany after 1938. This may explain the differing country notations on your grandfather’s documentation.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!