Hi, I found my great-grandfather's naturalization documents today, and he was specific about his immigration to the US: Ship Rio Naro, arriving in August 1895 to New York from Buenos Aires. He was born in Montemaggiore Belsito, and it seems that he initially immigrated to Argentina before coming to the US. I can find absolutely nothing of that ship, any passenger arrivals from Buenos Aires through Ellis Island during that time, etc... any suggestions? He was so specific on the record I can't imagine it's completely wrong. Thanks for any advice!
I have a similar situation with my great grandfather; I could never find him on EllisIsland's website, and then I got his naturalization record, and discovered, not only did the name of the ship he gave not exist, no ship even sailed the date he gave.
I've concluded that he was most likely a stowaway (since this wasn't too uncommon) and the information he gave, fabricated. Perhaps another user will be able to provide another possibility.
I could not find him on this South American immigrant database (people going to South America), but you might try some variations and see if you can come up with anything for the first leg of his journey.