Thursday, November 16, 2006


*Please read the next post first!!*

Also on the same topic, we went to Ellis Island, to the American Museum of Immigration, viewing Liberty Island on the way. This is what Hilda would have seen first!

The reception building is so impressive. I got a copy of the Ship's Manifest that brought her over. One of the curators told me that she was second class, therefore may not have come through Ellis Island, as these passengers were pre-approved and went straight to Manhattan. It's nice to know that she went over in relative comfort. She left her parents (in Derby - 20 miles from where I live now), but was born in London, (just like me!). How odd to go from living with your parents, to moving thousands of miles to get married (my great grandfather paid her passage) at just 20. Amazing.

This post is for you Great Grandma Hilda!


Anonymous said...

Hi Nell!
Wonderful post about your trip. I had no idea you were going to get to combine geneology with your fabulous vacation/birthday celebration.

Sounds wonderful, and I'll look forward to hearing more when you have a chance to "digest" everything.

:-) Amanda (gr8aunt)

Batty said...

Fabulous! I actually worked on a project that involved digitizing books and documents about immigration, around 1860-1930. There is so much interesting stuff out there, and I felt so good about putting up all this information for the public to see. Not everybody can get into our libraries (Harvard employees/students/faculty only).

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. Genealogy is interesting. I wish I could do it.

Sherry W said...

Sounds like a great time! I liek Brooklyn quitea bit myself, my best pal lives there.

Annie said...

That is amazing- at just 20!! My mother still has a Christmas cactus my great grandma brought over from Ireland at the turn of the century, nearly all my friends have a cutting of the "big mama"- it's so amazing.

Your photos are wonderful. I'm so glad you had a good time- you have to come to Boston soon!