3 Replies Latest reply on Sep 12, 2019 6:55 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking Port of Entry Where Susanna Kessler Arrived

    Mary Bottone Newbie

      I am just trying to find the port of entry that my grandmother, Susanna Kessler, arrived in when she came from Germany. The time frame is between 1887 and 1889. Cannot locate her anywhere .

        • Re: Seeking Port of Entry Where Susanna Kessler Arrived
          Lisha Penn Scout

          Dear Ms. Bottone,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1870 Census, 1880, 1900 & 1920 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29). The 1870 and 1880 census records are not available yet in the Catalog but are digitized and available on Ancestry. The 1900 and 1920 census records on the Catalog did not include digital images for Dane County, Wisconsin.

           

          Therefore, we searched Ancestry and located Susanna Kessler living with her husband Peter and children on the 1870 Census, 1880 Census, and 1900 Census; and also on the 1920 Census where she is residing with her daughter, Elizabeth. We also located her 1921 Gravesite and her Death Certificate. We tried to search for her passenger arrival on Ancestry but there were too many variables for us to locate her. When it comes to searching within passenger arrival records, please keep in mind that name variations are common. If you are not sure what name she may have entered the country under, you may need to look at all possible name variants and check the “last residence” and “destination” columns to narrow options if familiar cities and/or names appear. There may be a fee for using Ancestry.  However, you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/.

           

          Please review NARA’s website for background information and research tips on accessing Immigration and Naturalization records. The Citizenship column on the Federal census can provide clues regarding immigration year and citizenship status in the United States. If she naturalized, her Petition for Naturalization might provide further information regarding her immigration to the US.  Based on her state of residence and to track down a possible petition, please contact the NARA facility that has custody of naturalization records from the Federal courts in that state.

           

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

           

          [Some information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]

           

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            • Re: Seeking Port of Entry Where Susanna Kessler Arrived
              Mary Bottone Newbie

              Hi Lisha,

               

              Thank you for researching Susann Kessler but, she is not my relative.  Susanna came to America somewhere between 1887 and 1889.  She married Jacob Rihm (there are different variations of spelling) in 1889.  She was living in Connecticut for a short time and was married to Jacob in New York City (marriage record). For the life of me I cannot locate them in any of ports of entry records.  There  was another person who lived/traveled with them.   His name was Josef Gartner.  They were all from Germany.  If you could locate anything on them, I would be most grateful..

               

              Thank you for your help.

              Mary Bottone

                • Re: Seeking Port of Entry Where Susanna Kessler Arrived
                  Rebecca Collier Ranger

                  Dear Ms. Bottone,

                   

                  Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub!

                   

                  We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 2 series (Passenger Lists, 1820 - 1897 and Abstracts of Passenger Lists, 1820-1895) in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) that may contain the information you seek. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) via email at newyork.archives@nara.gov.

                   

                  We also searched Ancestry for Josef Gartner and Susanna Kessler which produced numerous hits based on the criteria given. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/. Also, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search at https://www.familysearch.org/en/.

                   

                  Other suggestions include checking the Citizenship column on the Federal census. It can provide clues regarding immigration year and citizenship status in the US.  If either individual naturalized, the Petition for Naturalization might provide further information regarding her immigration to the US.  Based on their state of residence, please contact the NARA facility that has custody of naturalization records from the Federal courts in that state to locate a possible Petition.

                   

                  Also, if Susanna still was alive in 1940 and lived in the U.S. but had not become a naturalized citizen, there was a 1940 Alien Registration that occurred from August-December 1940.  If she participated in that process she may have an Alien Registration Form (AR-2) available through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program that could provide information regarding her arrival to the U.S.  If she participated in the Alien Registration process, you may submit an Index Search request to USCIS Genealogy to determine what record(s) exist.

                   

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

                   

                  [Some information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]

                   

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