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    'Tis a puzzlement. I swear - I'm almost blind and crazy trying to get info about my Dad's family. Jesus crackers.

    There's all kinds of info out there on my mother's family and little green leaves keep popping up all over the place, but I'm more interested in learning about Dad's family.

    It's just the strangest thing. I've managed to identify my paternal grandfather's parents - but there is not one single thing about their entry into the US - other than it was in 1888 according to the 1900 censuses. You know, people came in at Ellis Island with a name, the immigration people couldn't understand the name so they took a wild guess ... and now they have a new name that might be close to their real name ... but maybe not. The censuses were all handwritten by the census takers, so depending on who was doing the census, you find more than one spelling of the same name AND you find your ancestors were Polish on one census, Prussian on another, and German on yet another.

    I know the names of my paternal grandmother's parents because I have a copy of her application for Social Security - 1937. Do you think I can find them on a census? Noooo. I could see missing one census ... but ALL of the older censuses? I can't find them on the immigration records either. Do you have any idea how many people have passed through Ellis Island? And how many variations of names there are for the people who passed through?

    It's fascinating and I've got my work cut out for me ... but it will give me something to do with my time.
     
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    That's what happened to one side of my Grandfather's family. The immigration people put the name of the town (in Norway) where the last name was supposed to be.
     
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    That's what happened to Vito Adolini from Corleone. :lol:
     
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    I have done exhaustive research on the Frogen lineage.

    It would seem every last Frogen gets drunk and forgets what we did in life.

    It is a very hazy and thus short lineage.

    Though we seemed to have thrived under the Vikings.
     
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    go to the graveyard...that is where you can gather a lot of info.....check soc sec death records etc....
    google...the name and look for the variations in spelling...my name is odd...people change one letter and then...we have several branches of the family
     
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    I like to get drunk in graveyards.

    In Sicily they put the pictures of the dead on graves, I lived there for over four years and me and my best friend (or I and my best freind you anal retentive grammar fuck head) used to go up to the spectacular graveyards of that land, drink Vino Corvo by the bottle load and tell each other funny stories about how each person died.

    I was not disrespecting the dead; I was trying to bring them back to life.

    Or at least laugh at the Big Black we will all swim in.
     
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    I had the same damned problem, Granny, though I did get a bit further than you have. I had that free trial period and chose "worldwide records". Daddy was an immigrant himself, and his folks brought him here in 1927. Mommy I couldn't find diddly squat on -- I couldn't get past my own grandparents on her side.

    Have you looked at the "Search All Sources" tab for everyone on the tree? That might turn up stuff like draft notices, etc. Even if you got no green leaves. Hit the individual's name and the tab should open.

    Happy hunting!
     
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    Fuck me this is great stuff!
     
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    check around....one of da man's cuz....had done a family history back to the 1770s...check the family bible...lots of records were kept in the family bible....
     
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    That's all available at or through Ancestry. They have really done a lot of good stuff on there since I last had a membership. I love the pop-up windows on each individual with the info all typed up - but it also has the actual census page attached so that you don't have to go digging though tons of searches looking for the page you want. What I'd really like to be able to see is the 1890 census ... which was unfortunately burned up in fire. There are VERY limited pages that survived.

    I've also thought about getting in touch with the church they attended. That could possibly yield some information.
     

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