Hi Paul Thank you for all the information. I am in the process of exhausting all the sources here- still waiting for the homestead file that I sent for which I hope will have his immigration information. From census data, I believe he was a naturalized citizen in 1905 when he filed for a homestead in South Dakota. At a genealogical conference I was told that often the naturalization papers are a part of the file.
This same expert in the field told us that most Swiss immigrants in the late 1880's sailed from Hamburg. I ordered the films from our LDS church here and they are in; tomorrow they will be open so I can begin research. As you say, Charles Meyer is a VERY common name!
Throughout the censuses, Charles Meyer was very consistent on his birth date and place and date of immigration. If I cannot find him on the Hamburg ship lists (I ordered 1872 through 1876 as I am looking for his wife to be also), what other ports do you suggest?
I will take your advice and order the microfilm of the Swiss parishes- are you thinking his birth and confirmation may be recorded there?
What do you think of finding someone in Switzerland to do research? I have considered it, but first want to find out as much as possible in order to make the search there easier (and less expensive. I have heard it is very costly to go that route).
Again I much appreciate you response and advice.
Florence in Kansas
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