I began my search based on the statement in Sophia's obituary that she and her husband, Carl, "came to America in 1887 and settled here [in Steubenville/Jefferson County, Ohio]." I knew this date could be wrong or just as easily be right. It was a starting point.
National Archives website where I searched their passenger lists at Access to Archival Databases. There I found this information for three different individuals named Sophia Kropp. I noticed that two of them travelled on the same ship. (Click images to enlarge.)
I clicked through to see information for the 44-year-old Sophie Kropp and found this:
I next searched the Castle Garden.org where I found this information about the older Sophia.
"Germans Immigration to the United States" at MyHeritage had a similar transcription with the same information and added the port of arrival as New York.
At Ancestry I learned that the Saale's port of arrival was, more specifically, Southampton, New York, and found an image of the ship, details about the ship, the name of the shipping line, and an image of the passenger list. The passenger list was not very clear.
Last, I went to FamilySearch to see if perhaps they had passenger lists. I found a clear image and a transcription. The ship's name was given as something other than Saale but I could imagine how a transcriber could have made the error. FamilySearch gave the arrival date as only 1887.
I looked at previous pages on FamilySearch, hoping to find detailed information on the first page of the passenger list but did not. Does one sometimes have to accept the transcription as accurate when the handwritten source can't be found, or should we always question a transcription?
Considering the variety of information and the number of sources, when it comes time to add Sophia and her family to my RootsMagic database citing these sources for this one fact will be a bear.
Looking at search results for the same information from five different websites was an interesting exercise and reinforces to me the usefulness of searching several websites when the first doesn't provide the details you seek.
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