During Fort Wayne Ancestry Day's Ask the Experts Panel, we received so many questions that we were unable to answer them all during the event. The following are questions asked and The Genealogy Center staff's responses.

In a passenger list, what is a "2" number and how can we use that in our search?

In the earlier passenger lists, the number "2" could mean the number of luggage or even possibly the compartment where the passenger has been assigned. To double check what the number could be, go to the very first page of the passenger list and check the heading of this column.

Castle Garden Immigration Records – How do we find them? What information is available on the records?

Records for Castle Garden cover the port of New York in 1855-1890. The records are accessible for free on either the Castle Garden site or Steve Morse’s website or on commercial sites, such as Ancestry.com. Questions asked in these records were minimal, but includes port of departure, ship name, arrival date, name of passenger, age, sex, occupation, and place of last residence.

How do you find complete list of passengers on ship’s logs? I found person’s name with 4 family members, but no names for them.

First, verify that you are looking at a passenger list rather than a transcription or abstract. Passenger lists beginning in 1820 were maintained by the federal government and are now sourced as National Archives (NARA) records. If you’re not looking at an actual passenger list, trace the source of your information back to the original record. If you are viewing the passenger list and it does not provide names, use other records such as emigration records from the home country to determine the family member’s names. For example, German immigrants had to file papers to leave Germany in the late eighteenth century, in which these records are indexed in the Wuerttemberg Emigration Index.