St. John Ship Arrivals 1900-1909 – Finding Aid (J. Frank)
The extraction of Halifax arrivals by George Dorscher is an invaluable aid to genealogical research. However, it is not very easy to search for families because of spelling variations and errors. Using your browser search function may find your family but you may also miss some important connections because of these spelling problems. Trying to browse manually through over 200 pages of entries may also result in missing important clues. For example, if you are searching for any Gottschalk entries, you might miss the Gottschaulk spelling which occurs in a couple of places.
This alphabetical listing of names is intended as a TOOL to be used in conjunction with the Dorscher list. It does NOT include every individual but rather only those who are the head of household or single people traveling alone or with others where a surname is shown.
It will assist you in finding alternate surname spellings which you can then use within your browser search function to find the entry and subsequent ship info on the Dorscher list. I have also browsed through the list and, where I have noted a major inconsistency, I have added a note for considering an alternate. For example, someone looking for the Filman / Fielmann family at Rosenfeld should look at the Tilman spelling in this list.
Even with a list like this, you may still miss certain spelling problems. Be sure to include variations you have already encountered in your research and consider transliteration problems with old script such as, to name just a few:
mistaking S for L or vice versa
T for F or vice versa
M for N or vice versa
P for R or vice versa
m for n for u
s for f
l for t
i for e
NAME AGE DESTINATION
(N?)isch, Franz 55 Winnipeg, MB
Ahlbach, Alfred 27 Lincoln, NE