I know for a fact not everyone who came over became citizens when they first arrived. Step Great Great Grandfather O'Connor came over when he was about 11yrs old, he fought in WW1 for the USA but still as a British Citizen (he lied and said he was 6 yrs younger so he could serve), he didn't apply to become a USA citizen until he was 76yrs old.
Thanks for all the links. I must be older than all you because my ancestors that came over were before 1875. My parents were born in 1911 and 1918 and they were grandchildren of those who immigrated from Germany and England. I was able to find that one ggrandfather was from England and his approximate birth date, but when I try to find him they only have people with his middle name. It shows his birth in England, but his name is Irish. I don't have approximate BD of any of those from Germany or any approximation of when they immigrated and I don't know anything about naturalization back then. Maybe I shouldn't look in one case because my mom said her grandfather was a stowaway who walked to Monroe County after landing in the U.S. I don't know if she knew that for sure or not, though.
Thanks for the tips, I saw this on the site you mentioned "Unfortunately, all lists from 1875 - 1908 older than 3 years were destroyed due to lack of space in the Bremen Archives" This may be one reason I can't find some of my info, Norskov came over sometime between 1879 and 1881. I know this by records of when and where his children died.
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Hi Ladies, here are some ideas that helped me the other way around, finding some relatives emmigrating to the States: - do you have the naturalization records? - depending on the time: did you find a SSI? - do you know how they came over? ship records, immigration papers? - did your ancestor serve in the military? look out for military records - do you have birth dates and / or places? At the time you are researching, "Germany" as is did not exist. It was tons of duchies, kingdoms etc.
The biggest emmigration ports in Europe were Hamburg, Bremen, Liverpool and Brugge. If someone came from Denmark I would start looking in Hamburg. The passenger lists are on ancestry.com. If you don't have a worldwide subscription, you can give me the names, I can check for them. Or you can find some from Bremen here http://www.bremer-passagierlisten.de/
And maybe that helps http://usa.usembassy.de/germanamericans-ge nealogy.htm
And I guess, you already checked the following: http://www.castlegarden.org/ http://www.ellisisland.org/ http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passen gerlists/index.htm http://www.ancestorsonboard.com/ http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/recor ds/looking-for-person/passengers.htm
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I know how you feel, because of where children are born (and sometimes died) I've been able to narrow down when one came over from Denmark but no exact records. Can't find the exact one for the ones from France ether. Nor can I find info on when they were in France except the papers I inherited. It's like a brick wall.
I've no way to do that, but have a question. Many of my ancestors are from Germany and some from Prussia. Is there any way to find out what part of the country they are from? I am lucky if I can find anything on them past my grandparents or g-grandparents. I can find one g-grandfather when he married my g-grandmother, but I can't find anything on him other than their marriage. Another I can find his name because of the children, but that is all. I can't find where they came to the U.S. or anything. Somewhere in the book I have it has where my g-grandfather Bunte was from and his parents from Prussia. But I don't have any idea how to find out anything about them other than what I have now.
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