Joy, Hawkeye Heritage is published by the Ia. Genealogical Society. Might
contact them for add'l information. And just now, Googling for Hawkeye
Heritage, the Pottawattamie co. gene soc. has all publications. I'm not sure
about available indexes. About immigration records. To begin with, imm.
records in yoiur time frame are hard to come by. There were thousands of
ships who carried passengers but most were never archived. Of those that
were, most have not been made available. And of those that were, very few of
these have been placed on-line. There were many major & minor ports on the
east coast of the U.S. & Canada, plus the ports of New Orleans, and
Galveston & Corpus Christi, Tx. Empty cargo ships returning to their home
ports carried passengers rather than dead-head. Since most of our ancestors
were coming to the states, fares to Canada were usually cheaper. All one had
to do was walk across the border and continue their journey. So it's hard to
say where or when your people may have arrived. Naturalization records are
not much help either unless one went to a naturalization office in a large
city such as Philly or Chicago. There, they might have asked for the date &
port of entry and maybe a home town or county in the old country. But in the
rural mid-west, most naturalization were accomplished at any court of record
in the county and it didn't have to be in the county of residence. The
questions were fewer and usually only indicated the mother country of birth.
The first papers, or petition application would contain the most info., the
final papers just indicated that the individual renounced his allegiance to
the king or queen of ______ and that was it. Don't mean to be a Gloomy Gus
Joy, but that's how it is. I certainly hope you fare better tho. Dick
May you live to be a hundred, with an extra year to repent! Irish proverb
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joy O'Connor" <unoweno(a)piggott.net>
Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2007 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: [EIGS] EIGS Digest, Vol 2, Issue 2
I have been searching for my husbands family John and Mary O'Connor
their children, Jeremiah b. 1836, Catherine b. 1838. Another
Elizabeth b.1845 may have been born in this country. I believe they came
this country about 1840 from Bantry, Ireland and settled in Bellevue
(Jackson Co. ) Iowa. We had understood they came to this country through
New York but after checking many, many, passenger lists I have wondered if
that is true. On the 1850 census the youngest daughter was listed as
born in Missouri and the following census she was listed as being
Ireland. To complicate matters by 1850 John has died and Mary has
a man named Owen Lawler. Only the two girls are living with them at
time. I have wondered if they may have come into New Oleans and stopped
Missouri for awhile before continuing on to Iowa.
I was not aware of the book mentioned in the following e-mail. Would
be possible for you to look for our family? I would appreciate any
could give us. Thank you! Joy O'Connor
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