[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Ger-Poland-Volhynia Digest, Vol 115, Issue 12: Voyage Costs across Atlantic, minimum funds on arrival

Nancy Gertner nancygertner at mac.com
Fri Dec 14 06:07:35 PST 2012

I believe there was a requirement upon entry to "certify" that the immigrant had a certain amount of funds ($25 Canadian, $30 USA?). This was so that the immigrant could purchase a train ticket to somewhere else, and not remain penniless in the port entry city. 

I suspect many arrivals may have had more than this minimum amount, but the requirement, I think, was to only certify that they had the required minimum amount. So if people had currency hidden in their clothing, they did not have to reveal the amount of their funds. And so there are no official records, and perhaps little oral history.


On Dec 14, 2012, at 6:47 AM, bonnie foster wrote:

> I don't know the total cost to travel from Volhynia in the 1800s, but I do know that my grandfather, Rudolph Tittlemier and his father Heinrick arrived in Montreal in 1910 and the family story is that there was not enough money to go to South America so they went to Manitoba.  The story also relates that they only had $25 between the two of them and the money was passed from father to son to show to the official that they both had money.  They traveled on the Prinz Adalbert.
> I have a photo of my great grandmother posing with hops and that story is the "officials wanted to send the photo to the old country to encourage immigration to Manitoba".  So perhaps some help was offered by Canadian agents?
> Good Luck in this search....I will follow it carefully, 
> Bonnie Foster
> Today's Topics:
>    3. Voyage costs (Randy Svenson)
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