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  • Max Heffler
    I was looking up some information on Ancestry.com regarding the U.S. Emergency Passport Applications (Issued Abroad), 1877-1907, 1897-1899, Volume 020, Africa
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      I was looking up some information on Ancestry.com regarding the U.S.
      Emergency Passport Applications (Issued Abroad), 1877-1907, 1897-1899,
      Volume 020, Africa to Sierre Leone, which had 879 pages of data. I noticed
      that many of the these emergency applications were applied for in South
      Africa and Lorenzo Marquez and were made at the beginning of the Boer War in
      1899. Quite a number were Jewish American citizens, who originally came
      from Lithuania, Poland or Russia or other places.

      Among other things, the emergency passport provided information on date and
      place of birth, family, if they had any, and emigration information and a
      description of the person. Sometimes, if one looks at the person's
      naturalization which can also be found on Ancestry.com, there are
      discrepancies in the information provided.

      A number of instances of applicants were as follows (I updated the country
      name in some cases):

      Aaron L. Bendahan, born May 28, 1871, Tetuan, Morocco Harry Broude, born
      January 15, 1864, Sokolka, Poland Nathan Cartoon, born August, 1868, Russia
      Samuiel Cohen, born 1876, Mir, Belarus David Deitz, born April 15, 1862,
      Kovno, Lithuania Harry Friedman, born January 1, 1875, Skudvile, Lithuania
      Charles J. Frumberg, born December 12, 1870, Russia Poland J. Ginsburg, born
      May 15, 1866, Germany Jacob H. Kaplan, born December 25, 1868, Alikova,
      Russia Adolph Lapin, born December 23, 1867, Russia Henry Marmorstein, born
      April 14, 1866, Constantinople, Turkey Leon Mendeltort, born 1867, Russia
      Poland Tanne Rosenstein, born March 14, 1849, Neistadt, Lithuania Sam Stain,
      born March 29, 1868, Warsaw, Poland

      This database is a rich resource of family information as is reflected by
      the following applicant. Jacob Marks, a tailor, born May, 1862, Russia,
      lived in Paterson, NJ, from 1887 to 1894. He then left and brought his wife
      Fanny and children Rachael, Sarah, Israel and Louis to South Africa. Once
      in South Africa, he had two more children Morris and Dina, who were born in
      Johannesburg. He was presently living temporarily in Cape Town. From this,
      you have an entire travelogue of this family.

      A final example is that of 17 year old Elias Harry Eliovson who was born in
      New York, December 21, 1881, but his father, Joshua Eliovson, was born
      overseas. He was obtaining his emergency passport for travels to and from
      Palestine.

      There are many more such examples which may be of interest to researchers,
      particularly for the date and place of birth, although many just state
      Russia.

      Ann Rabinowitz
      annrab@...
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