1909 Liverpool - New York

Started by: annefair (1168)

I have a relative who went to New York in 1909 sailing from Liverpool. Is it possible to find a passport application as she travelled under a different name and I am wondering if she had re- married or just used his name. Eventually she settled in Canada. Also her age is incorrect

Started: 20th Mar 2019 at 18:22

Posted by: winnie (1366) 

give me some details and i will have a look for you

Replied: 21st Mar 2019 at 12:08

Posted by: annefair (1168)

Hi Winnie sorry just seen your message.
She was Mary Elizabeth Stewart on the ships list. Her dad was the departure contact in England his name was Joseph Foster. Her husband is shown as W C Stewart arrival contact in New York. The date was 28 February 1909. Her age is shown as 28 but she is 33.
She was the wife of Walter Waring who she left her 2 children with when she sailed away. Eventually settling in Canada Thank you

Replied: 31st Mar 2019 at 22:45

Posted by: Jazzy (8656) 

Hi Annefair it is possible to trace a historical passport application, they are in the National Archives.


However they do say

"Before the First World War it was not compulsory for someone travelling abroad to apply for a passport.

Possession of a passport was confined largely to merchants and diplomats, and the vast majority of those travelling overseas had no formal documents."

Replied: 11th Apr 2019 at 23:10

Posted by: annefair (1168)

Thank you Jazzy. I will check it out,

Replied: 13th Jun 2019 at 18:14


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