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Re: Chickory and Mary Frances (Nasseur) Shaheen
Posted by: Nelson Jorge (ID *****5706) Date: May 14, 2003 at 00:12:39
In Reply to: Re: Chickory and Mary Frances (Nasseur) Shaheen by Kimberly White of 3600

I'm Brazilian but 25% Lebanese through my paternal grandfather.

The Ellis Island records are on-line at http://www.ellisisland.org/.

All you need to do is sign up to have access to the records. It may look complicated at first but you'll quickly get the hang of it. You can see the summary information in the database as well as the original ship lists (which contain more information).

The trick is finding the right spelling. Remember that there was a lot of French influence in the areas that are now Lebanon and Syria so French spelling is more common for immigrants from certain periods.

Chickory = Chickres = Shukri = Chackri, etc.

It also helps to know the names of family members who may have travelled with your ancestor. Sometimes a very common name can be identified with certainty if it is grouped with other known family members.


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