3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 28, 2022 9:32 AM by Zachary Dabbs

    Seeking immigration manifests headings for ship Rugia

    Charles Tintera Newbie

      Is there any records of blank Immigration Manifests? My Paternal Grandfather, Josef Tintera, arrived in New York aboard the ship Rugia on 19 April 1886. While, admittedly, there is not a lot of information on the pages viewing this record has left me with some questions. I cannot read the heading of the last column - I believe it says (in effect) arrived in New York to stay or arrived to go on to another final destination. Is there a way to recover the column heading so I can have a completed record of what there? And how were the passengers grouped? The structure to/of the entries suggests there were parties of other than family structure recorded. But I have not been able to find any commentary to explain this.

        • Re: Seeking immigration manifests headings for ship Rugia
          Susannah Brooks Ranger

          The last column heading is "Transient or Intransient" (passing through the US intending to go elsewhere or intending to stay in the US).  The headings are a bit easier to read on familysearch.org New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939V-RSSV-2Z?cc=1849782&wc=MX6L-8WL%3A165902201                              Generally passengers appear on the list by class of travel and then by the order in which they either purchased their tickets or boarded the ship.  Most people did not travel entirely alone.  If they were not travelling with family members, they often were travelling with people they knew, so you might see several men from the same town listed together.  Looking at the Hamburg emigration list for the Rugia Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 - Ancestry.com.  Josef's last residence was the same as Josef Krana and the Kutina family who are listed within a few passengers of him. 

          • Re: Seeking immigration manifests headings for ship Rugia
            Zachary Dabbs Tracker

            Dear Mr. Tintera,

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Passenger Lists, 1817 - 1897 (M237)in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) that includes  vessels arriving at the Port of New York. These are the records from which the digitized microfilm (M237) was derived. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at newyork.archives@nara.gov.


            In addition, if you have not already done so, we suggest that you seek Josef Tintera’s naturalization records. In general, naturalization was a two-step process that took a minimum of five years. After residing in the United States for two years, an alien could file a "declaration of intention" ("first papers") to become a citizen. After three additional years, the alien could "petition for naturalization" (”second papers”). After the petition was granted, a certificate of citizenship was issued to the alien. These two steps did not have to take place in the same court. We queried Ancestry.com and located an index entry indicating a Josef Tintera born 1869 in Austria naturalized in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio during 1902.


            Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship. Often petitioners went to the court most geographically convenient for them. As a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. However, a few indexes and records have been donated to the National Archives from counties, states, and local courts. In certain cases county court naturalization records maintained by the National Archives are available as microfilm publications. Please contact the National Archives at Chicago (RM-CH) at chicago.archives@nara.gov to determine if records from lower courts are available.


            You may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RE-NY and RM-CH. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic.  Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


            We suggest that you contact the Cuyahoga County Archives and the Ohio State Archives regarding naturalization records from state and local courts as well. The NARA webpages Immigration Records and Naturalization Records also may be helpful.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!