03 December 2007

A Long Voyage To Somewhere



My ships aren't nearly as well decorated as the S. S. Manic Monday, but they are much more important to my life. It wasn't all that long ago, that Pan American World Airways inaugurated the first transpacific passenger service. If you wanted to go overseas before 1936, the only way to travel was by ship.



S. S. Letitia

S.S. Cameronia

The Letitia carried my grandmother, father, and two uncles to the United States. The Cameronia came ahead of them by a year carrying my grandfather. A third ship, The Algeria, came even earlier bearing three great uncles.

I've written about the wonderful free on line service offered by Ellis Island to help you locate an ancestor's arrival in the U.S. As always, I will be supporting the Ellis Island Foundation by purchasing their annual Lady Liberty Christmas decoration. It is only $20 (unless you purchase all the back years to 2003) and a good cause. They also have some inexpensive posters, books, and keepsakes from $10 and up in the gift shop.

This year they are offering something much more remarkable if expensive that you might want to consider. It is the Legacy Keepsake (shown below). During the operation of Ellis Island, The New York Times would record daily Ship arrivals. If you have done the free research at Ellis Island and know the ship that carried your ancestor, they will provide a framed certificate with a picture of the ship, the page of the ship manifest with your ancestor's name, and the record of ship arrival page from the New York Times and the name and date. While it is possible to get all the elements and make your own for less, it's much faster to take advantage of their staff and records to do it for you.


22 comments:

Lois Grebowski said...

WOW, you know exactly what ship your relatives came in on... how totally awesome!

I didn't know that you can get those framed pieces. The things I learn from blogsophere...

Ian Thomas Healy said...

That would be pretty interesting to learn about.

Happy MM!

Ian

tegdirb92 said...

what a great MM post!! Beautiful ships. Have a great Monday.

Villager said...

Great MM Post! You are blessed to know the actual ships that your ancestors were on when they came to America. I haven't been able to get that far back in my genealogy research, however, I'm pretty sure that my peeps didn't come through on a luxury liner (smile)...

My MM post this week involves cruising on the high seas.

peace, Villager

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I know you have researched your family tree, but had no idea you could do this too. How neat. What a wonderful way to honor your ancestors. Very well done as always. Have a great MM. :)

genny said...

Its great to know that... Interesting post... Happy MM. mine is here http://happymomiam1.bravejournal.com/entry/25227

Crazy Working Mom said...

Great job on this one. It's very informative. :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Neila said...

What an interesting MM post! I didn't know you could do that either!

Dont make me get out my flying Monkeys! said...

This ship as sailed, with a blog about ships! Come on over and check out my SHIPS! LOL

Gattina said...

Very interesting to me as European. My aunt married an american and when she arrived in the States Ellis Island had just closed down. I wanted to visit the Island in 19sommething (I have been so many times to the States I don't remember) but it was not included in the trip to the Liberty statue. So I only saw it from the ship. My uncles ancestors arrived there around 1865 from Germany.

Shelia said...

Great post...I love reading about family history. Happy MM!

TopChamp said...

that would be interesting to discover. None of my ancestors travelled far - & we're all in Britain still.

Matt-Man said...

I've always wanted to sail on a big ocean ship. I have never been on one. Cheers!!

Marilyn said...

It's hard to imagine the world before air travel.

the teach said...

Jamie, thanks for all the info about ancestors coming over by ship. I'm off to your Ellis island link to check on my grandparents, all of whom came over by ship. Great post!

lisa said...

That's a great gift idea! Thanks for sharing. Have a good MM.

Mags said...

Yes, your Ellis Island stuff always fascinates me. Great post for today.

Travis said...

This is great information!

I'm told that my ancestors have been here since the mid-1700's, but I don't have any lineages or documents going back that far. Just a lot of verbal stories that tell me about some of the soldiers in the family.

It might be about time to write to some folks and get them to put these things down on paper.

Dessays said...

Excellent post. I am so fascinated by family history. Thank you for sharing this information! Will have to check into this....

Imma (Alice) said...

Wonderful post, Jamie. Dad's parents and some other relatives came from England by ship, though I'm not sure the names of the ships. They actually traveled back and forth a bit, well some did anyway. They came to Canada, btw. Mom's parents came from Romania to the US, Granny and the 2 kids went back to visit... the 2 kids got sick and died, then Granny came back. I think they were in Oregon. Then they came up into Canada for work, fell in love with the country and never left again. I never thought to do my post on them though, lol


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enigma4ever said...

oh this is soooooo cool...what a wonderful idea...and so wonderful to support the Ellis Island...and to know how your ancestors came....you always have the best stuff here....

Anonymous said...

My father is really into a our family history, and he has been pulling me into his hobby. It is interesting to hear about the lives of your ancestors.
Great post!!

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