This is the only known photo of my ancestor Mary McGovern from County Leitrim, Ireland. Mary was married to Pat Fox.
Christmas Gift Idea: Get a new genealogy book for the genealogist in your life.
I recently stumbled across a new database which was put on line by Ancestry.com. This database is entitled Connecticut Military Census of 1917. This census asked some unique questions which provide insight into your ancestors.
Below are digital copies of both of my grandfather’s records.
I learned some interesting things about them.
My Grandpa Fox knew how to ride a horse, handle a team, had experience with a steam engine and was a good swimmer. He had also filed first papers for citizenship.
My Grandpa Sanders knew how to handle a team and was a good swimmer.
If you have Connecticut ancestors old enough to fight in WWI, then be sure to check out this new database on Ancestry.com.
Here in the United States, all of our ancestors at one point or another traveled to this land of opportunity and ethnic diversity. Some may have come over on the Mayflower. Others perhaps came here during the early stages of this new nation. Still more perhaps came through Ellis Island or even later. What was their journey like?
Both of my maternal grandparents James Francis Fox and Margaret Nora Doyle came through Ellis Island. For those of you who aren’t aware www.ellisisland.org has most ship manifests available for free on it’s website. That is where I was able to obtain all of the following information about my grandparents.
There are more facts which can be obtained from the ships manifest on the Ellis Island website so search for your ancestors who may have come through Ellis Island today. To me these are just facts and figures but what was the journey on the ship like? There’s a great book called Ellis Island Interviews by Peter Morton Coan. It was published in 2004 by Barnes and Nobel Books.
Here are some very brief quotes from people who were interviewed who came through Ellis Island.
Reading interviews of some people who came on the same ship your ancestors came on gives to a glimpse at what their experience was when traveling to America.