This may seem like a dumb question, but I don’t have much experience with passenger lists. So before I make an assumption, I’m hoping someone can steer me to the correct answer.
I’ve been working on my step-father’s family, who came from Italy after 1900, making them much easier to find in ship records than my Germans in the 1880s. Anyway, I found his grandfather, Giuseppe, who came over alone (although married with at least one child at the time) in 1906. I know this is the correct person because the date of arrival matches that of his naturalization index card (the card has the same address of his known residence).
Knowing the wife and daughter did not come over in 1906 with Giuseppe, I targeted my search to after 6 September 1906 to April 1910 (when they were both enumerated in the census). I first found them on a list with an arrival date of 26 September 1907. However, their names had been crossed out.
I am assuming (here’s the assumption and ultimately the question) that they did not actually leave Italy as indicated on the list because their names were crossed out. So I continued to see if there was another list; I found two more. The second one (in date order) was for an arrival of 16 April 1909, and again, their names were crossed out. The third was for an arrival date of 7 May 1909, and finally, their names were not crossed out. Unfortunately, none of the lists ask the question (found on other lists) as to whether they had been to the U.S. before.
So, does this mean that they did not actually leave Italy in the first two instances, and they finally did in the last? Below are the images so you can visually see what I am talking about. If this is the case, any ideas as to why?
Also, I find it interesting that the wife, indicating that she is married, used her maiden name on all three lists, while her child was listed with the correct surname. Any ideas?
Passenger Ship List #1 – Dated 26 September 1907
Passenger Ship List #2 – Dated 16 April 1909
Passenger Ship List #3 – Dated 7 May 1909