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Larry, there is a blog post that explains some of the marking/annotations on ship manifests (http://greatoaksgrow.blogspot.com/2010/05/guide-to-interpreting-passenger-list.html ). It might be of interest to you. Hope this is of help. joan
Thanks for responding, Joan. I've previously been on that site and could not find anything that refers to that specific abbreviation. Thanks. I'll keep trying.
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Dear Mr. Jannett,
Thanks for posting your request on History Hub!
Although U.S. passports were not formally required until 1941, there were many cases where American citizens obtained passports for travel abroad. The “PP No.” stands for passport number. You may request passport applications from April 1925 to the present from the State Department at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/after/passport-records.html.
We suggest that you should contact the Atlantic County court and/or the county clerk at https://atlanticcountyclerk.org/services/naturalization-records/ to inquire about the naturalization record. The notation “Atlantic County, NJ, 1923,” is not directly related to the passport number as it should tie directly to a naturalization record. It appears that Atlantic County naturalization proceedings were completed at several different courts (county, court of common pleas, etc). We also suggest that you may wish to contact these local courthouses in the county to determine if any record exists.
Please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) via email at email@example.com for any additional advice. RE-NY has custody of naturalization proceedings completed by the Federal courts in New Jersey.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
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Thank you Lisha. That's exactly what I needed to know. I will send for the passport records and check more of the courts for naturalization before doing USCIS. Thanks very much.