Solving the Mystery of Arne Pettersen, the Last to Leave Ellis Island

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Annie Moore and Arne Pareli Pettersen, first and last through Ellis Island, seen together for the first time
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Annie Moore and her brothers at Ellis Island (colorized)
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Departure of Alien for Arne Pettersen (Alien Case File, National Archives, Kansas City)
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Note in Arne Pettersen’s Alien Case File (National Archives, Kansas City)
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Claim of first overstay (National Archives, Kansas City)
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Oral Decision of the Special Inquiry Officer (National Archives, Kansas City)
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Baptism of Arne Pareli Pettersen (The National Archives of Norway)
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Description of tattoos from 1929 arrival record (Ancestry)
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1938 marriage (The National Archives of Norway)
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Arne’s wartime engagements (Krigsseilerregisteret)
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WWII Draft Registration Card (Ancestry)
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1944 warrant for arrest (National Archives, Kansas City)
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claim of having no wife or children (National Archives, Kansas City)
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Fingerprints taken in 1944 (National Archives, Kansas City)
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1944 photo of Arne Pettersen
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Death of Arne Pareli Pettersen (The National Archives of Norway)
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Undersbo Cemetery in Larvik, Norway where Arne Pareli Pettersen is buried
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Arne Pettersen departing Ellis Island as seen in newspapers across the country in November 1954 (AP photo); excerpt from The New York Times (November 14, 1954)

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