10 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2021 1:14 PM by Judith Kapp

    Seeking deportation of Bartholomew Golankiewicz

    Judith Kapp Wayfarer

      I have an ancestor, Bartholomew Golankiewicz, who came to this country several times to accompany his young relatives who were emigrating from Poland between 1880 and 1910.  On the last trip arriving in NYC, Nov 1, 1903 on the Belgravia, he was detained as an alien, examined and  determined to be senile.  He was denied entry or deported and sent back to Poland on the Moltke within a few days.  Is there a way to find the manifest for his return trip?  Who pays for the return trip for someone who is denied entry into the US?  Would he be sent back alone if he was unable to care for himself? 

        • Re: Seeking deportation of Bartholomew Golankiewicz
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Hi Judith

          Welcome to History Hub


          Click on the following link to get a list of Moltke passengers for the year 1903 and other years

          I checked but did not find the name Bartholomew Golankiewicz but I could have missed it.

          "One Step" Ship Search Results (stevemorse.org)



          Bartolomeus Golankiewicz, "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924" (familysearch.org)


          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer

          • Re: Seeking deportation of Bartholomew Golankiewicz
            Alice Lane Pioneer

            Hi Judith,

            I found someone with the same name on findagrave, is he a relative

            Bartholomew R. “Bart” Golankiewicz (1941-2012) - Find A Grave Memorial


            After looking at the 1903 passenger list I have concluded and I may be wrong, but

            I don't think that the light colored writing on the manifest pertains to your relative, especially the Francis

            and the part about senility.

            Also the Jan that is referred to is probably Jan Majewski and he is listed as Bartholomew Golankiewicz  son-in-law.

            Here is a notice of death for John and Sophie Majewski's son. sophie Golankiewicz Search Results (familysearch.org)

            I am curious to know where you got the information that he was deported on the ship Moltke???


            Just my opinion,.

            Alice Lane

            Research Volunteer

              • Re: Seeking deportation of Bartholomew Golankiewicz
                Judith Kapp Wayfarer

                Hi again Alice!  The grave for "Bart" Golankiewicz is the great-great grandson of the Batholomew I was asking about.  It can be confusing when families recycle first names like the Golankiewicz's have. 


                That 1903 manifest of alien passengers from the Belgravia, which came from the Ellis Island database is a bit difficult to decipher. I don't know what the "Francis" refers to or even that it really says "Francis".  The word senility seems clear and looks to me to be within the lines of other info.  Moreover, it is supported by a document labeled as " Record of Aliens Held for Special Inquiry", which I obtained from Ancestry for the arrival of the Belgravia.  This record is clear and says a doctor certified Bartholomew Golankiewicz as senile and that he left the country 11/6/1903 on the "Moltke" destination unknown.  I am still searching for the manifest for the Moltke sailing on 11/6/1903.


                Regards, Judy

              • Re: Seeking deportation of Bartholomew Golankiewicz
                Cara Jensen Tracker

                Dear Ms. Kapp,


                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


                When your ancestor arrived and failed medical inspection, he was not formally admitted to the United States, but detained and given a brief hearing in front of the Board of Special Inquiry (BSI).  Lists of detained aliens are often located at the end of a passenger manifest and include notations regarding meals provided, etc.  We suggest that you check the end of the manifest for details about his Board of Special Inquiry (BSI) hearing. For background on manifest notations, please see Manifest Markings - Left Margin and Manifest Markings - Board of Special Inquiry


                We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Subject Index to Correspondence and Case Files, 1903 - 3/31/1957 (Microfilm Publication T458) in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that serves as an index to part of the Subject and Policy Files, 1906 - 1957 In Record Group 85) which may include a record of the BSI hearing. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


                Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


                As the previous poster mentioned, after failing the BSI hearing and informed of their exclusion, immigrants were deported at the expense of the steamship company. Details of Bartholomew Golankiewicz’s return trip, including if he had an escort, may be in the records of his BSI hearing. 


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


                  • Re: Seeking deportation of Bartholomew Golankiewicz
                    Judith Kapp Wayfarer

                    Thanks for your detailed response Cara!  As you will see in my response to Alice's questions above, we have located the detention record for Bartholomew stating that he was declared senile and shipped out on the Moltke four days after his arrival.  I will definitely follow up on your suggestion to look for his record at the National Archives in DC.  I have tried to negotiate that website and find it somewhat intimidating but your suggestions about the trail to follow should help a lot.  I will post any follow up information that I find particularly the details of the BSI hearing. 


                    You have been a big help, Cara!  Judy