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Re: Immigrant's town of origin
Posted by: Sophia (ID *****4943) Date: February 25, 2014 at 05:37:17
In Reply to: Re: Immigrant's town of origin by Laurie Cochran of 12858

Hi Laurie,
Finding Antoine's town of origin is really key to continuing your research. One of the things I usually do when an immigrant arrived in the early 1900's and their birthplace is illegible on a ship manifest is to widen the search to others of the same surname who came a bit later. I have been pleasantly surprised to find siblings who gave their destination as the home of the person I was researching, and if this later immigrant's manifest was more legible, the problem was solved. Unfortunately, when you go back in time to the period you are interested in, mid-1830's, the passenger lists are not that helpful. This is why I hope you are able to find a departure record because those are often nicely detailed. I still would go through the exercise, though, of looking at other Andermann immigrants. A quick search of Ellis Island records (since I can access them for free) suggests to me that the Andermann surname is rather rare, and that is a good thing for a researcher! It also suggests to me that Andermatt is a separate surname, and even more rare. How sure are you that the Antoine Andermatt you found arriving in 1834 is really your guy? Also, in looking at Castle Garden records, I see that there are some Andermann immigrants whose town of origin is provided. The closest in time to your immigration date are people who all came from Germany - - some in 1845 from Wolpe and from Wenden and others in 1865 from Holte and Hemsen. If you can track these families in the U.S. through census records, etc., then you may at some point find some info on one of them that ties them to your family. It turns into a huge project, I realize, but you seem the tenacious type.

Best of luck,

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