Casefile Clues

31 March 2014

Find the Manifest and Win a Copy of Evidence Explained

We are having a contest to see who can find the manifest entry that goes with this trunk. I've had the trunk for years....I'd like a copy of the manifest.

What is known about Altje Goldenstein. She was:


  • born in 1848 in Wrisse, Ostfriesland, Germany to Johann Luken Jurgens Goldenstein and Tjode Anna Focken Tammen
  • married on 28 August 1870 in Adams County, Illinois to Hinrich Schuster
  • died in June of 1907 in Illinois and buried in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Harmony Township, Hancock County, Illinois.
She may have immigrated with a sibling or she may not have.

We are giving away a copy of Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 2nd Edition to the first person to find Altje on a passenger manifest. Submissions must be sent to michael.john.neill@gmail.com and include a direct link to the passenger manifest on FamilySearch or Ancestry.com or include a complete citation in the email so that I can locate the manifest page of interest. The subject line should be "manifest entry."

Please do not submit census entries, FindaGrave citations, or other information about Altje. This is about the manifest and only the manifest. Entries with first names other than Altje need to be explained as to why it is the same person. Please note that the name Antje is not the same as Altje. They are different names. 

Information on the manifest must be consistent with what is known about Altje and should not provide an immigration date before 1848 or after 1870. The determination of the winner is at the sole discretion of Michael John Neill.

Entries that do not follow the submission directions will be disqualified.