is the newest addiction after you master your own line. Finding them on a Ship Manifest in the 1800s will guide you to the port where they settled. You can check census data from that point on in the neighboring counties of the port. Many times, families lived within the same "ward" or neighborhood. You might see two families with the same last name on the same block.
But here is a puzzle.
What do you do when you can't seem to locate the ship manifest showing what port? It is possible that they arrived NOT at Ellis Island, which opened Jan 1, 1892, but Arrived in Louisiana? Stranger things have happened! That is what happened to me. I kept looking on the Eastern Seaboard and came up with vague facsimiles of my family, close names, close ages, but I wasn't convinced that was them. Since my tree is public, a distant cousin of mine had the answer. They had landed in New Orleans on December 5, 1883.
But what if you can…