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  •  My grandmother came in 1915 (1+ / 0-)
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    Through Ellis Island.  Also from Ireland.  She worked as a "servant" for some wealthy family as did 3 of her sisters, near Philadelphia.  She met my grandfather there - he was their Chauffeur and one of the gardeners / groundskeepers.  They lived in the Germantown area of Philly, PA where my dad was born.  

    You'd be surprised what you can find online - try - a lot of it is free (although I have a paid subscription now, just because I like being able to look for the difficult stuff in Ireland and Germany).  

    I was completely surprised that I actually had an Ellis Island family member.  It was interesting to find that paperwork.  Also found her passport application online with a picture (she died when my dad was 12 and we had no pictures).  

    Finding her paperwork led to finding cousins in Ireland who had albums of the whole family, including my dad's visit to Ireland to see his grandparents when he was about 6.  My dad was 75 when we found his cousins and they sent pictures of his mom, grandparents and aunts & uncles.  He was dumbfounded - 62 years after her passing, he had a picture of his mom, him and his baby sister together.  Second time I saw him cry - first time was when his step mom passed away - she was his mom longer than his real mom was and he loved her dearly.  But getting a picture of his mom was awesome.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:32:27 AM PST

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