Immigration Series, Part I: Castle Garden

When you think of your ancestors coming to this country, you probably picture them coming through Ellis Island, with the Statue of Liberty in the background. But another building existed before Ellis Island, and 8 million immigrants passed through its doors between 1855 and 1890. This building was known as Castle Garden. A fort called…

Genealogy Networking Group March Wrap-Up

We met at Aspen Drive Library on March 5 and covered a lot of ground. A couple of people had had the opportunity to re-examine their research, and in both cases this second look brought them new information. Lesson learned: go back and look your research over a second time. We wend over the immigration…

Finding Anders

While researching a family story about brothers who emigrated from Sweden, genealogists on Facebook were the ones who helped me the most. My great-grandfather Herman Peterson was born in Sweden and lived in Princeton, Illinois after he came to America. As the story goes, Herman had a brother who emigrated with him from Sweden; one…