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About how many immigrants were on the Titanic?

tl; dr Virtually all the Third Class (steerage) passengers were intending to emigrate. The majority were headed to the United States, while the rest intended to journey onward to Canada. For ...
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A German immigrant ancestor has a "Registration Affidavit of Alien Enemy" on file. What does that mean exactly?

Short answer This was a requirement for all "natives, citizens, denizens, or subjects" of the German (and, a few months later, the Austro-Hungarian) Empire; thus, 'alien enemy' registration was not ...
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What is the significance of 4200 BCE in context of farming replacing foraging in Europe?

Farming societies typically support 60 to 100 times the population of hunter-gatherer societies. Given that kind of population difference, what that one person wants/needs vs. the 100 simply doesn't ...
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How much were Jews allowed to take with them from Nazi Germany?

Is this indeed a discrepancy, or am I misunderstanding the article? You are misunderstanding the situation, since the article is mixing multiple laws that changed over time. Currency restrictions (...
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What is the significance of 4200 BCE in context of farming replacing foraging in Europe?

The time period from roughly 7500 BP (years Before Present) to 4000 BP (5500 BCE to 2000 BCE), known as the Holocene Maximum (or Optimum) saw global temperatures: rapidly increase from slightly (~0.5°...
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Why was there little nonwhite migration to Europe in the 19th century?

Because people from "third world" countries had limited access to "first world" countries until recently (about 1950). The century from about 1850-1950 was the period of European colonialism or ...
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Were there any Russians in the 1849 Gold Rush?

Yes, there were. The Russian-American Company sent a party of prospectors comprised of four Russians and six Tlingit indians led by a Lt P.P. Doroshin: Doroshin and 10 RAC employees sailed to ...
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What happened north of the Alps after the Romans "left"?

I think the question comes from a misinterpretation of the expression "Romans abandoned". This was not related to any substantial movement of population. This only means that the Roman army (...
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A German immigrant ancestor has a "Registration Affidavit of Alien Enemy" on file. What does that mean exactly?

tl; dr The fact that your ancestor has a "Registration Affidavit of Alien Enemy" document on file doesn't mean that they had actually done anything wrong. All German immigrants who weren't ...
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What are the chances that my ancestor from Massachusetts in 1670 was a Russian Jew?

The possibility exists, and one particular family has claimed this heritage for over a century. Genealogical records are sometimes difficult to trace origins, but this is repeated on numerous ...
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What jobs were available for migrants from the country to Rome?

There wasn't enough work. This was originally a problem created by slave labor: wealthy nobles owned slaves and large estates, and small farmers could not compete with them. They had to sell their ...
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Was merchant Hugh McCulloch the first Scotsman to set foot in California?

No. In 1814 a Scotsman by the name of John Cameron jumped ship. He later changed his name to Gilroy. Here's some info from the city of Gilroy California web page. John Cameron was born in a southern ...
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Why are Turkish people and other Turkik people considered of Mongolic race if their language is not in the Mongolic language family?

There's no scientific definition of "race", so that part of the question is unanswerable. Linguists do try to classify languages though, since that can be done (mostly) objectively, based on ...
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Why was immigration from France to the United States lower than from some other countries?

The demographic history of France is different from that of most other European countries. While in most European countries mortality rates dropped in mid 19th century but natality rates only declined ...
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Why would Japanese people be in China during the 1920s?

Actually, it was the formal occupation of Manchuria by Japan that began in 1931. But prior to this, the Japanese victory in the Russo-Japanese war led 1) to the Japanese occupation of Korea, 2) the ...
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Why did Black and Asian immigrants from the Empire not come to Britain in substantial numbers until after WW2?

Because the British Nationality Act gave Commonwealth citizens free entry into the United Kingdom in 1948. This coincided with post-war labour shortages. As a result, market demand recruited large ...
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Which Irishman worked at Mission Santa Cruz?

This was probably referring to John Mulligan, who is referred to in this discussion of the population at Branciforte, adjacent to the mission of Santa Cruz: The total population of Spanish or mixed ...
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Why are Turkish people and other Turkik people considered of Mongolic race if their language is not in the Mongolic language family?

First, Turkish people are not in general considered of Mongoloid race, neither are Turkic-speaking Azeris. These two peoples are usually classified to belong to Europoid race with maybe only admixture ...
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What are the chances that my ancestor from Massachusetts in 1670 was a Russian Jew?

The chances are minuscule, as there were very few Jews in Russia in the 17th century. Russia acquired major Jewish population only in the second half of the 18th century with the incorporation of ...
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How did the ancestors of proto-Malagasy in South Borneo reach Madagascar?

Question: What is the current state of our knowledge regarding potential routes and vessels the Asian ancestors of the Malagasy may have used to reach Madagascar, and some key items of evidence ...
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Who was the first foreigner to be naturalized as a Mexican citizen?

Piecing together some thin threads, I can argue that someone was naturalized prior to that date. All colonists were expected to become naturalized Mexican citizens, and they were also supposed to ...
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When the outbreak of World War II was foreseeable, were any European commoners able to pre-emptively emigrate?

Yes, plenty of people tried to emigrate. However, it was very hard because: Leaving Germany meant Fire Sale - leaving all property behind. It also required a getting a permission from the German ...
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Why does Brazil have many more Italian descendants than the U.S. or Argentina when the latter two received more Italian immigrants?

Pure speculation: 1) Possibly Italians immigrants in Argentina and the US tended to mostly marry other persons of Italian descent. So most second generation Italian immigrants would combine descent ...
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What share of refugees crossed borders during WW2 and its aftermath?

Total estimates for the number of people displaced by World War II are at least as high as 60 million. The question is how many of these displaced people crossed international borders. I'm not sure, ...
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What jobs were available for migrants from the country to Rome?

While Bendikt Grammer's answer is part of the truth, by no means all jobs were done by slaves and the Roman masses did a lot more than sit around depending on the state bread dole or rich patrons. ...
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Who was the first foreigner to be naturalized as a Mexican citizen?

I cant for sure say the first person to be made a citizen, but I do know that Benjamin Milam was made a citizen in 1824. "...Trespalacios, now prominent in the new government also, made overtures ...
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Which immigrants became elected officials in an acquired language?

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a native German speaker from Austria and a naturalized US citizen who became Governor of California. Wikipedia indicates that his grasp of English was quite weak in childhood. ...
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Where can I find demographic information for the Roman Empire?

A wide variety of data is available on "The Digital Atlas of Roman and Medieval Civilization (DARMC) makes freely available on the internet the best available materials for a Geographic Information ...
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Australian Immigration 1945-present

Post world war 2 immigration is considered the third of the major migration phases in Australia's post First Fleet in 1788, according to the Melbourne Immigration Museum We focus on four periods: ...
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