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Re: Emigration Records Lookup Please
Posted by: Ingela Martenius (ID *****6776) Date: October 09, 2013 at 05:50:20
In Reply to: Re: Emigration Records Lookup Please by jared limberg of 44352

Tickets were sold all over Sweden by agents in the smallest villages. Tickets were commonly sold as a "package deal", i.e. they included all tickets for all parts of the journey: train from the nearest railway station to the Scandinavian port of departure (Christiania/Oslo, Göteborg etc.), ship over the North Sea to England (Hull or Grimsby),train from England's east coast to Liverpool (or Southampton), ship over the Atlantic, train from US arrival port (typically New York, Boston, Baltimore but also New Orleans) to final destination. Also hotel stays (necessary both at Scandinavian and English departure ports) were usually included.
All of these tickets were issued under name of the Atlantic-crossing shipping line (to be absolutely correct, what was issued wasn't tickets but vouchers). This way the emigrant had all tickets and didn't have to bother about foreign currencies etc.

The emigrant route was very well organized from a very early date. So e.g. there were Swedish-speaking guides in England who ensured that the emigrants made it on to the correct train and that no luggage was forgotten etc.
Mass emigration from the late 1860's wasn't quite so adventurous as we may imagine it today.

I'm not surprised to hear that you can't find pax manifests at the Castle Garden site; I've never been able to find anything at all there...

Ingela


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