Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Lately I've been volunteering to index digitized historical records
that the Mormons are collecting and making available for everyone
to search for their roots. I helped index the 1940 census and now
I'm working on Passenger Ship's List from 1880-1940s. Interesting.

Who knew that just looking at a list of names, dates and places
could tell you so much about different people who immigrated
to America in hope of achieving their dreams and future goals.
As I type in the names and birthplaces, they become real to me.

Here's a Jew from Russia with his wife and children sailing across
the sea from Liverpool, England to reach family already here and
waiting to aid the rest of the family in making a new life, finding
work, building homes, helping establish this land called America.

One Polish man was 78 and immigrating to New York to join family.
Others were just infants or children. Some had occupations like
laborer or miner or shoemaker, grocer or butcher or housewife.
Each important in their own way, a part of history in the making.
(Photos from www.clipart.com)


Linda Reeder said...

Tom was very excited to have the 1940 census released. He would appreciate your work in helping others to gain access to this information.

SandyCarlson said...

It's so great the way you keep track of the past as it informs your present.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

My SIL does lots of family research, and so I too was amazed at how much you can learn about someone from a few 'lists'. They do tell a lot. Little treasures of info.

What fun you must be having with that project.