Use the toolbar to the right to view the passenger lists. Passengers are listed in order of their arrival date. Each passenger is assigned a number (beginning with the letter "P") based on their arrival date. The "Family#" (beginning with the letter "F") listed for some passengers identifies to which family that person belongs (when I was able to determine it.) The Family# is clickable and will take you to the family page for that passenger.

Passengers 1 - 20
Aug 1897 - May 1906
Passengers 21 - 40
June 1906 - Jan 1910
Passengers 41 - 60
Feb 1910 - Sept 1913
Passengers 61 - 81
Oct 1913 - May 1926

Millions of people immigrated through the eastern US seaports in the latter part of the 19th century and the first thirty years or so of the 20th Century.   Records of these immigrants´ arrival are documented in the passenger manifests of the ships on which they traveled. The ship's manifest lists each passenger and some personal information.   These records are available to the genealogist at the National Archives as well as through the Mormon Church.   The records are indexed for most arrivals between 1895 - 1935 by the passenger´s surname.  There are records available for ships arriving at the ports of New York, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and the US/Canadian border.  In searching all of these indexes, I found a total of 81 Deckelbaums.  About half of them were from Rafalovka (my ancestral town), and the rest were from a spattering of nearby villages, such as Kolki, Kowel, Molczadz, Trochenbrod, and Vladimirets.

The information on the passenger record is described below. Not all of this information was always present on the manifest - manifests from earlier years tended to have less information on them.
  • Name: You will notice many variations on the spelling of the Deckelbaum name.
  • Arrival Date: Self-explanatory
  • Traveling With: Lists any other family members that were traveling with this person. Usually this refers to children or a spouse.
  • Age: Self-explanatory
  • Marital Status: Married, single, widow, etc.
  • Occupation: Self-explanatory.
  • Birthplace: Sometimes (if you´re lucky) a town is listed. Otherwise you just get the country, or maybe the "district."
  • Nearest Relative: This is the name of the immigrant´s closest relative whom they left behind in the country from where they came.
  • Port: The port city to which the immigrant sailed.
  • Ship Information: The ship name, departure city, and date.
  • Destination in America: Does the immigrant have somewhere to go? This is what the officials wanted to know. Usually the name of some relative and an address is given (priceless information!)