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Last Updated: Aug 16, 2016     Views: 10

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The Bailey Library website has a Genealogy page which may be of help. In the left navigation menu, click on Resources by Subject and then Genealogy. In the list of websites is a link for Ellis Island Immigration Records. The help page on the website indicates that abbreviations were sometimes inconsistent and that individuals could be detained if they did not have an address. INS is an abbreviation for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service office, though without additional information it is difficult to confirm whether this is the case in your document. You may want to search the Ellis Island website for your passenger if you have not already done so in case there is additional information to clarify.

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