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COUNTDOWN TO ELLIS ISLAND OPENING
On 17 April, The American Family Immigration History Center will open on
Ellis Island, to great fanfare. Genealogists all over will be logging in
to search the newly created database of passenger arrival records of 17
million people who immigrated through the port of New York from
Ellis Island stands as one of the most prominent and recognized symbols
of American immigration, with around 5,000 visitors a day walking
through the same halls that many of our ancestors passed through so many
To celebrate this historic opening, Ancestry.com will be featuring
articles and Web pages to help you locate your immigrant ancestors. Look
for articles to help you get the most from passenger arrival records,
and take you beyond Ellis Island to follow up with other resources. For
those who are unable to locate their ancestors in passenger arrival
records, we will look at alternative sources.
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My great uncle Albert Higgins b: 1892 in Champaign County Illinois (I think) was farmed out as a toddler to Wm Hazelton of Lawrence co Ill because his parents: Mary Elizabeth Symmonds d: 1894 of typhoid fever and his father, Dr. Wm Samuel Higgins d: 1898 in Macon co Il of heart failure while living with a daughter, Myra Higgins Finkenbinder.
Uncle Albert married a woman named Hulda and they had one son: Evon and 2 daughters Margie and Betty. Albert worked for the Indian Refinery in 1920 for sure and I think he retired from there. He had 3 siblings: John, (my grandfather), Cozetta and Marie Jenny also farmed out to others when their parents died. Anybody sound familiar??? Joann
Lawrence County, Illinois Genealogy Group
Welcome! This is the former Rootsweb list, ILLAWREN. We'll be discussing the history and genealogy of Lawrence County, Illinois including the surrounding region of southeastern Illinois and southwestern Indiana.