Many immigrants who entered countries such as the United States
sought assistance upon their immigration, e.g. food, housing,
etc. Aid societies, such as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society,
founded by Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City in 1881,
often had a representative stationed at the major ports of
entry, waiting to help each and every immigrant they could. The
founding of HIAS was in response to the huge wave of immigration
that occurred following the assassination of the Russian Czar
Alexander II in 1881 and the subsequent pogroms. Many Jews were
forced to flee Russia and immigrate to the United States, the
majority entering via the port of New York. There, HIAS would
provide food and shelter to the new immigrant, and try to find
them a job. In 1911, HIAS even provided a kosher kitchen at
Ellis Island and fed more than half a million meals between 1925
What type of information does this form provide?
1. Name of ship of immigration
2. Steerage (i.e. did immigrant travel in steerage class)
3. Date of arrival
4. The full name of the immigrant
5. Their age
6. Their sex
7. Their marital status
8. Their occupation
9. Can they read?
10. Can they write?
11. Last permanent residence--Russia, Austria, Roumania, Turkey
Europe, Turkey Asia __________________
12, Released to ____________
13. Address ___________
14. Final destination-State
15. City or Town
16. Money brought
17. Here before in U.S.?
18. Address to relationship (Name)
19. Street No.
20. Country of birth-Russia, Austria, Roumania, Turkey Europe,
Turkey Asia ____________________