Genealogy Immigration/Migration: English Immigration

English ImmigrationBy Barry J. Ewell

Immigration/Migration patterns for the Genealogists: Think like a historian
One of the most important considerations in finding our ancestor is immigration research. Immigration/migration patterns reveal clues to finding the origin of your immigrant ancestors.

Look at immigration from a historian’s point of view and not from the genealogical point of view.  Your trying to understand what you ancestors did and why.  As a genealogist, you wonder why your ancestors migrated. You look for clues that might direct you to the birthplace in country of origin. As genealogists the first thing we do is start searching Continue reading

Genealogy: How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden name

How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden nameBy Barry J. Ewell

It’s not uncommon for immigrant ancestors to marry outside of their culture. In my case I have Great-Great Grandmother Dahle, a Norwegian, marrying into my Welsh Jones line. In these situations the key is being able to locate the maiden name of the female ancestor. In my own research I have found that female maiden names are not included in the records of our male ancestors. For example: Females were not allowed to vote until the twentieth century and seldom owned land. Even in church records, we often find the full name of the husband or father, but then only the first name is listed for the female. Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: German Immigration

German ImmigrationBy Barry J. Ewell

Immigration/Migration patterns for the Genealogists: Think like a historian
One of the most important considerations in finding our ancestor is immigration research. Immigration/migration patterns reveal clues to finding the origin of your immigrant ancestors.

Look at immigration from a historian’s point of view and not from the genealogical point of view.  Your trying to understand what you ancestors did and why.  As a genealogist, you wonder why your ancestors migrated. You look for clues that might direct you to the birthplace in country of origin. As genealogists the first thing we do is start searching through deeds, wills, bible records, and other such documents.  Documents can tell you Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using obituaries in researching immigrant ancestors

Immigration/Migration: Using obituaries in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

For many of our immigrant relatives, the obituary is the only biographical sketch ever written. Men and women both are likely to have obituaries written about them. Those who died young may be fully profiled in an obituary, especially if the death was the result of an Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: French Immigration

French ImmigrationBy Barry J. Ewell

Immigration/Migration patterns for the Genealogists: Think like a historian
One of the most important considerations in finding our ancestor is immigration research. Immigration/migration patterns reveal clues to finding the origin of your immigrant ancestors.

Look at immigration from a historian’s point of view and not from the genealogical point of view.  Your trying to understand what you ancestors did and why.  As a genealogist, you wonder why your ancestors migrated. You look for clues that might direct you to the birthplace in country of origin. As genealogists the first thing we do is start searching Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using cemeteries in researching immigrant ancestors

Using cemeteries in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Cemetery records have their own limitations as sources for immigration information. While it is not common for a foreign birth town to appear on a cemetery headstone, there are literally thousands of cases where such is the case. Such circumstances seem to be Continue reading