Dear John Burke:
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Since your relative came into New York, we searched the records at Ellis Island. Since we know that he arrived in 1915, we could conduct a search for "Wallace" for 1915 arriving on the SS New York. This information (arrival date and ship name) came from Ancestry. It appears that his name in the records of Ellis Island was Fesly not Festy. Looking at the record in Ancestry, it also looks like it could be an L not a T. So maybe the name is actually Fesly or Fesley. You could try a search using this name to see if anything comes up.
We also searched the National Archives catalog for the above individuals but found no responsive results.
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Dear Anna Smallwood,
Thank you for taking the time to research my request.
On the Irish census’s of 1901 & 1911, the spelling was Festy but I’ll try searching other spellings to see if I can find anything. Thank you for the link to the archives website.
Hopefully this advice will assist my searching and I’ll find success.
There is something written above Festy/Fesly's name on the ships manifests, have you any idea what it is?
To me, it looks like Hold Med Ex. My guess is that it means hold for medical exam. It also looks similar to the notation above for a different person that says hold for med ex.
Hope that helps!