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Submitted by Cyril Isaac Gryfe

Information Picture Question
Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 9/7/2011 5:03 PM
Family Surname: KOPACZ
Country: Canada
Date of Image: 1905
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What does this numerical annotation mean?

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9/9/2011 1:12 PM Here is one possibility, from Jewishgen info files (http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/manifests/left/): "Numbers like those above are occasionally found in the left margin, especially on lists of ships from England. The numbers can have as few as 2 or 3 digits, and as many as 6 or 7 digits. These are "contract ticket" numbers issued by the steamship companies when contracting with the immigrant for their passage. The number may or may not have appeared on the immigrant's actual ticket or receipt. The steamship lines used the number as a personal identifier, and recording the number allowed the companies to match the manifest record with other business records. The numbers bear no relation to any other United States records. However, they may be useful in matching a U.S. passenger arrival record with a British departure record (British "outbound lists")." In your case, this may be the most likely. For other possibilies, see http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/manifests/.
9/10/2011 1:48 AM It could also be the Passport number. I have my Grandfather's 1920 passport application from Leova, Romania (now Moldova). The Passport number issued was 6 digits. In the case of my grandfather it was 314965.

If you would like to view the passport application you can access it at:

http://sites.google.com/site/vassermanfamily/

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