In the spring of 1992, my husband and I stayed in Brigantine, New Jersey for a week. As we were only a couple of hours away, we drove to Liberty State Park, took the ferry to Ellis Island and met up with a friend who had moved to New York City.
Manifest for the Mauretania sailing from Liverpool on 22 August 1908
- #28 Petterson, Lars M. – age 51 – occupation builder – US citizen
- #29 Petterson, Regina – age 54 – occupation wife – US citizen
The Passenger Records for Lars M Petterson & Regina Petterson state that the date of arrival was 28 August 1908.
Back home, I located this Manifest in the collections of Ancestry Library Edition and digital images of a 1908 postcard of the Mauretania and a 1905 photograph of Ellis Island in online collections.
Year: 1908; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 1135; Line: 28; Page Number: 100
Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original Data: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls. NAI: 300346. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives at Washington, D.C.
Because this manifest isn’t completely filled out, we know that Lars & Regina were either first or second class passengers. This meant they didn’t go to Ellis Island for at least 3 hours of medical and legal inspection. Instead they “underwent a cursory inspection aboard ship, the theory being that if a person could afford to purchase a first or second class ticket, they were less likely to become a public charge in America due to medical or legal reasons.” Then when the ship docked in New York, these passengers could disembark, pass through Customs at the piers and enter the United States.
Ellis Island History – The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. , http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/ellis-island-history. Copyright ©2017
I couldn’t find any information describing different treatment of citizens and non-citizens.