Finding the minimum information for newspapers
To get a copy of a ship arrival announcement, you must at least know the approximate date of the arrival, the full name of the passenger, and the state and city or town where the ship arrived or where the announcement was likely to have been published. If you do not have the minimum information to access a newspaper article, you can either:
Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items,
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read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips about finding a port of exit.
Knowing where an individual first lived when they moved to the United States may help you find where an announcement may have been in the newspaper. If you don't have this information, you may guess at it by finding out where they were at other points in their life. For example, where did they get married? Where were their children born? Where did they die? Where were they at the time of each census? The answers to these questions may help you out. For assistance finding any of this information, return to the main Step-by-Step topic.
Finding a port of exit
Make sure you check scrapbooks and diaries at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information.
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