|[TSL] Completeness of online passenger-list databases|
|email@example.com on 09/03/2013|
I'm searching for my great-aunt's emigration voyage from Ireland to the US
(probably Boston, but possibly New York). I've searched the Ancestry and
FamilySearch passenger-list databases over and over again, using every
search term, wildcards included, that I can think of, and focusing on the
1900-1904 period. I've examined the images of all the potential records
that those searches revealed. I can't find her anywhere in that 1900-1904
period. I'm wondering if there are some passenger lists that have not yet
been processed in some way.
Name: Katie/Kate/Catherine/Catharine Hayes (all forenames were recorded
at various times)
Birth date: Dec. 24, 1885, according to her Social Security application
and her NY death record. But, her reported age varied over the years, as
did those of many of her siblings.
Birth place: Liscannor, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Parents: John and Margaret (Claire) Hayes, of Liscannor.
Emigration year: 1902, according to the immigration date reported on her
enumeration in the 1910 Lowell, MA, US census and to the immigration date
on the passenger list, under the name Katie Plunket, for her Oct. 12,
1910, arrival in Boston on the Zeeland from Liverpool. She had traveled
back to Ireland earlier that year. On the Zeeland passenger list her
reported age was 25, so the calculated birth year was 1885.
Spouse: Thomas Plunket (actually Plunkett), whom she married in 1910 and
who accompanied her on the 1910 Zeeland voyage.
1. Have all, and I mean all, the passenger lists for arrivals at Boston
and New York harbors been microfilmed?
2. Have all the microfilmed records been processed for online viewing?
3. Am I right to think that some records in online databases have not yet
been indexed, and as a result cannot be found by using the regular
database search functions?
Thanks for any thoughts.
PJ, in Texas
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