Category Archives: W. Europe

Johann Erbes – Farmer and Soldier

The land was covered in green grassy hills, big farms, and livestock that would be perched on the hills, where the grass was more luscious and bountiful — It was fall of 1852 in Bubenheim, Johann and his three brothers worked the farm. For 31 years Johann was born and raised in their family farm in Germany. Johann Georg was ... Read More »

Immigration Story Christina Bergmann: Sweden to the Land of Disney

The year was 1954 when Christina left Sweden where she had spent the first six years of her life. The sun was high in the sky and reflected off the huge boat bobbing in the port. Her hands were clasped over a suitcase handle as she and her family walked on the boat with hundreds of other people. She looked ... Read More »

Mexican Immigration Story From Lisbon to America to Mexico

  I think my great-grandmother and grandmother were very brave to come to the United States without speaking any English at all. My great-grandmother was a widow and my grandmother, her only child, was just six years old. It was 1910, and my great-grandfather had passed away. My great-grandmother was struggling trying to manage his wine business in Lisbon, Portugal, ... Read More »

Helen Goudi’s Immigration Story : Seamstress and Ice Cream Maker

Helen Goudi was born in 1925 in the small village of Githio in the Peloponnese region of Greece. Her father died when she was three years old, leaving her mother to care for four children. After completing the fourth grade, Helen left school to support her family in any way she could. She harvested olives, babysat, and sang at events. ... Read More »

Fritz and Louisa Meyer: 1880 Pioneers to San Mateo County

Fritz was hired to work for the county watering the dirt roads, particularly the logging road that carried the lumber to the port of Redwood City. That road, Woodside Road, is a major arterial road to the present day. My grandparents Fritz and Louisa Meyer were part of the early growth and development of San Mateo County, California. They were ... Read More »

John and Mary Davies: 1819 Welsh Immigrants

In 1819 John and Mary Davies packed up their six young children and left their home in rural mid-north Wales to undertake a two-month ocean voyage to America. This is their story. John Davies and Mary Humphreys were both born near the town of Llanfyllin in what was then Montgomeryshire, Wales – John around 1779 and Mary around 1781. Llanyfyllin ... Read More »

Alexander Pollock: Glasgow to Pennsylvania

MYSTERY OF THE MISIDENTIFIED PASSENGERS The Statira Morse ship left Glasgow in May, 1852 and arrived New York City on July 13, with 307 passengers on board. It had taken 8 weeks, with two men and three newborns dying on the passage. J. G. Lawton, shipmaster, swore that the list of passengers was correct, but at least one family is misidentified. ... Read More »

From Hans Georg Mülli to George Mealy

From Hans Georg Mülli to George Mealy: Cabinetmaker to Computer Programmer    In the year 1849, in the village of Schöfflisdorf, in the canton of Zürich, in Switzerland, Hans Georg Mülli was living with his wife, Anna, and three children—Heinrich, Johann Jakob, and Anna. He was a cabinetmaker. In that year he went to Zürich to apply for a passport for ... Read More »

Mary: out of the catalog

Generational forgetting has been strong in my family, but my aunt insisted that her daddy said his mother was a catalog bride from England. I so wish she had kept a diary that had been passed down. I have to imagine what her life was before and after the emigration to Oklahoma and a husband who appears in a few ... Read More »

Rich Gordon: British Isles Heritage

Piecing together a family’s story of immigration to the United States can be a challenge for many people. Richard Sherman Gordon’s family tree has roots that reach back hundreds of years in America, but most of their stories have been lost over the generations. What remains are tidbits of family lore, and for Rich’s family, there is also a lovingly ... Read More »

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