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01 June 2005, 12:24 AM
I'm looking for some input from others on how you handle/enter Immigration/Emigration in your databases.

I understand the difference between the two things - going out of and coming in to.

So it seems like to be thorough, one would use both if both ends of a migration are known - ie the event of leaving (in the context I'm thinking of it was for a 3 or 4 or 5 month ship voyage half way around the world), and then when they get there is the event of them arriving.

So far I've not managed to be consistent - except that I have consistently only used one of Emigration/Immigration.

So, do people use both of these events (where both are known), or do you put it under one or the other?



01 June 2005, 10:18 AM
I use Immigration as the date of entry, which I have been able to verify.

There is a wealth of information about Finnish immigration available from the Finnish Steamship Lines. For example, the Misc. Notes for my grandmother include

"Port of departure Hanko
Port of Arrival Hull
Place of destination Kaleva
State of destination MI
Country of destination USA
Price of ticket USD 24
Ship from Finland Polaris
Date of departure from Finland 04.07.1906
Ship from England Saxonia
Date of departure from England 10.07.1906
Port of Departure Liverpool
Port of Arrival Boston
Ocean Line Cunard Line"

This is more interesting than just dates of Immigration/Emigration.