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Unlocking Notation Codes on Alien Passenger Lists (Class)

  • 19 Jun 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC-06:00)
  • Online


Late 19th and early 20th-century alien passenger manifests often contain cryptic number and letter codes. Most genealogists simply look past them. Learn how to interpret these codes and what significant details they can reveal about your ancestor’s immigration and naturalization experience. The presentation is heavily illustrated with examples from actual alien passenger lists and the handout provides a fairly complete glossary of the terms, codes, and abbreviations used on them.

Elizabeth Williams Gomoll, CG, is co-editor of the Minnesota Genealogist quarterly journal. Liz is immediate past president of the Association for Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter and has served several terms on the Minnesota Genealogical Society Board of Directors. She currently chairs two MGS committees and is a member of several national and ethnic genealogy societies. Liz recently published two books: a collection of WWI letters and photographs called With Love to All, a co-authored guide called Husförhörslängder, Swedish Household Examination Records. She researches and lectures professionally as Red Bird Genealogy Services ( In addition, Liz plays flute and piccolo professionally and holds a private pilot’s license.

Cost: Members $15 and Non-members $20


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