Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday Night Fun Migration

1) Many of our ancestors migrated to a distant place.  Which one of your ancestors migrated the furthest?  Or the furthest in North America?  It could be in one big move, or in several smaller moves over their lifetime.  How far did they travel?  Do you know the route they took?

2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

Well I had several ancestors that came from Europe also, and several that came from New England to the mid west after the Civil War. My grandfather Anton Hansen came to Austin, Minnesota from Denmark, then settled in mid Minnesota, moved to Oregon, and then back to Minnesota, then to Columbus, Montana and finally Blanchard, Idaho. From Minnesota to Montana they came in an immigrant train. My dad said grandpa always thought the grass was greener somewhere else and so he moved a lot.

The real winner in distance traveled was the Thomas Kelly family. They were in Ursa, Illinois when the Civil War started, got on a wagon train to Danville, California. Then after the Civil War was over they got on a ship to Panama, crossed the isthmus, got on another ship to New York. The information I had was that they went back to Illinois, but I found them working in New York in the 1865 New York Census, then back to Ursa, and eventually to Trenton, Missouri.

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