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Old 05-03-2012, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Great !

I wish those pre-1900 manifests had more info on them though.
I noticed a lot of blanks in the info but, luckily, I already knew some of it. My aunt told me her grandfather was a blacksmith but the manifest says he was a wheelwright which, in all honesty, I'm not sure what that is. In one of the Chicago census records, where it shows occupation, I could barely read it but the last word was "wagon" so I'm assuming it has something to do with wagon wheels??

I am actually quite surprised at the amount of info I have found on this family, considering I JUST started researching them very recently. Find A Grave was a HUGE help. Also the census records.

Edited to say...I looked up wheelwright and that's just what it is. Duh. lol
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:34 AM
 
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I noticed a lot of blanks in the info but, luckily, I already knew some of it. My aunt told me her grandfather was a blacksmith but the manifest says he was a wheelwright which, in all honesty, I'm not sure what that is. In one of the Chicago census records, where it shows occupation, I could barely read it but the last word was "wagon" so I'm assuming it has something to do with wagon wheels??

I am actually quite surprised at the amount of info I have found on this family, considering I JUST started researching them very recently. Find A Grave was a HUGE help. Also the census records.

Edited to say...I looked up wheelwright and that's just what it is. Duh. lol
If you look at a post-1900 manifest, and especially one from 1920 or later than you'll be jealous at all the info they gave at that time period. The later manifests were 2 pages and gave the name of the closest relative left behind in the old country - great info to have.
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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I am doing my genealogy right now, and a lot from Germany.
It would help a lot if I Knew German, which I don't!
I had a lady from Germany help me online with mine, when I posted an
article about my Grandma here.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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If you look at a post-1900 manifest, and especially one from 1920 or later than you'll be jealous at all the info they gave at that time period. The later manifests were 2 pages and gave the name of the closest relative left behind in the old country - great info to have.
Well, since they came to NY in 1883 I don't think the post 1900s manifests would help much. I was surprised to find as much as I did.
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