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    Post interesting.. photos of immigrants coming to usa

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    thanks for a look at history, very interesting. I wonder what their accommodations were on the ships.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
    thanks for a look at history, very interesting. I wonder what their accommodations were on the ships.
    That's something I wish I would have asked my grandmother. Her name and my grandfather's are on that wall at Ellis Island. I was able to see it a few years back and it really made me appreciate what they went through to come to the US. My grandmother was on the ocean when the Titanic sank. Different ship but she said it frightened everyone when they heard about it. Can you imagine hearing that the "unsinkable" Titanic had hit an iceberg and gone down when you're sailing in the same waters?
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    Thanks for sharing. My Grandfather came thru Ellis Island in 1908.

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    Very interesting - such a diverse group of pictures.
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    Both sets of grandparents came through Ellis Island. Wish I had thought at 10 years of age to ask all sorts of questions.
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    My grandparents, great aunts and uncles and 3 aunts came through too. Sure would be great to talk to them about their experiences.

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    My grandparents came to Canada after WW2. My grandfather took any job he could get from shoveling coal to digging ditches in the brutal Canadian winter. All he had to wear was his suit coat that he stuff newspapers under to try to stay warm. I don't think modern people have any concept of true hardship.

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    My aunt came through Ellis Island from Austria with her mother - her father was already here and had sent money for them to buy tickets on a ship. She saw her first black woman in the bathroom and watched her wash her hands in the sink and was shocked that the "black" did not wash off. Her mother and father had another baby here and then the mother died and the father had to give the baby boy to a married couple. My aunt found the boy about 20 years later. Very hard times then. I have a picture of my grandfather (my aunt's father also) as a young man and told my DH that he looked "very tough" and my DH said that they all had to be back then.
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    Both sets of grandparents came over from Poland, DH parents from Sicily..and they wanted to become part of their new country, eager for citizenship, keeping their old country traditions within family, neighborhood.

    thru Ellis island.....had to have a sponsor here, were given physicals and if there was illness, they were quarantined until healthy, or set back........I don't think there is any restrictions now......

    i do know, I have the greatest respect for those early immigrants....leaving everything behind, to an unknown land with a different language.....like the pioneers here who went West in the covered wagon......
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    My maternal grandfather, his parents, his siblings came thru Ellis island from Holland with $50 dollars in his pocket, thinking somewhere 1903-04? I would love to see if my family names are on the wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Anne B. View Post
    My maternal grandfather, his parents, his siblings came thru Ellis island from Holland with $50 dollars in his pocket, thinking somewhere 1903-04? I would love to seen if my family names are on the wall.
    My grandmother was coming to meet her husband. She had an infant child and $28. That was in 1901. When they were restoring Ellis Island they asked for donations and you could put your ancestors' names on the wall. My Dad and his brother contributed and put my grandparents' names on the wall. His sister also put her name and her husband's on the wall.
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    I have a deep respect for the immigrants of that time. They gave up everything to come here & start a new life & not expect anything given to them for free. They worked so very hard & was great full for being able to work & provide for their families. They were all proud to learn our ways & become citizens. It is sad that now (not all but) most that come here want & expect everything given & provided for them for free.

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    It is very interesting what you can find out about your genealogy by doing Ancestry's DNA test, I always thought my maternal grandparents came in through Ellis Island. I knew they migrated from Russia to the US, but through the DNA testing, I found 2 cousins that I didn't know about (because the family scattered after my grandfather's death), and through them, found that the grandparents actually came in through Galveston, TX in May of 1913. I also found that their ancestors were were part of the Volga Germans who, at Catherine The Great's invitation, settled the steppes near Russia's Volga River. So, the DNA testing might be a valuable resource for anyone wanting to find out more information about their family's history.
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    How accurate is that DNA....or is it just someone's imagination and storytelling?

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    Geri, the DNA is absolutely accurate. The interesting thing to remember is that you only get half of your DNA from each parent, so half of each parent's DNA is lost to you. In other words, if your mother had American Indian in her background from a grandparent of hers, it may not show up in your DNA at all, because it was in the half of her DNA that you DIDN'T get. Thus, siblings can have very different results.

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    I found these two links re: accuracy interesting.
    http://www.medicaldaily.com/dna-ance...-search-244586
    http://dna-explained.com/2013/10/04/...s-true-or-not/

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    Thank you for the great pictures. We need to remember that these brave immigrants are what shaped America and they did not have it easy. They had to learn to speak English, make a home, and find work. My grandparents came through Ellis Island. My grandfather's ship went to Boston as the weather was bad in New York Harbor. My grandparents were Italians, Czech and Yugoslavian. I was able to track my grandmother's ship many years ago on the Ellis Island website. It was so great to find it! I remember my grandmother telling me stories of how the ship went through some bad weather and she was very sea sick. Also she was in the lower part of the ship and it was very poor conditions. I am proud of all of them - they made it here and left their country as conditions were bad and they were poor. They all became proud American citizens - all are gone none but I had a special close bond with my grandmother.

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    My paternal grandmother came to Ellis Island in 1908.

    My maternal grandparents were coming in April 1912. However, they missed the boat. The boat was the TITANIC. I wouldn't be here today if they had boarded the TITANIC!
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    I can testify that my DNA results were accurate; the two cousins I found have given me actual independent documentation of facts such as a copy of the ship's log where my grandfather and grandmother and their children (my aunts). all of whom I knew as a child and young adult) arrived in America, a picture of my grandfather as a young man in his uniform when he was conscripted into the Russian army and a just wealth of other information. One of the cousins is my second cousin and the other is a half-cousin by virtue of a second marriage by my grandfather. I am truly so thankful for their research and records.
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