This is the only place that the death would have been recorded. If the child died more than a day from arriving in the port, they were probably buried at sea.
Thank you for taking the time. I feel certain she was buried at sea. Just hoping they were required to report it SOMEPLACE. Thanks again.
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Dear Ms. Day-Emerson,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Most ships prior to the 1880s did not have refrigeration, so bodies of those who died on the voyage were typically buried at sea. At that time, deaths were not required to be recorded at the port of arrival but you may wish to check the immigration data available on NARA’s Access to Archival Databases List of Series - Genealogy/ Personal History: Passenger Lists.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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Thank you for taking the time to respond. These are wonderful sources you have recommended that I did not know about.
I do feel sure she was buried at sea and I will definitely look into the NYC Municipal Archives for any info at all.
Their arrival was in April of 1853 so later on in the Famine and unfortunately the passenger lists stop in 1851. I'm sure I will be able to use them at a later date for other families.
Please give my thanks to Ms Burnes, as well.