Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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My Grandmother arrived in 1904. On the passenger list, in the column titled "Nationality (country of which citizen or subject)" it list Italy, as did all of the others. However, in a different hand , some one wrote "2x147923 sos 12/18/42" Could this have been someone later writing the date of naturalization?
You are correct. The handwriting was done later. I believe what you're referring to are naturalization details and that the sos is likely 505. The link below should help explain the markings.
"To dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free, silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands"
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