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Mayflower Day, September 16

Mayflower II historic sailing ship on ocean

On September 16, 1620, 102 passengers set sail from Plymouth England.  Many boarded the ship in the hope of finding a new land where they could practice their religion freely away from the persecution of King James in England. Some were more interested in the North American trade market and better living opportunities.  The living conditions on the Mayflower ship were horrid.  They were ill-prepared and did not… read more >>

Naturalization Records

Old photo album, historical photos, magnifying glass image for Family History Heirlooms

All Aboard the Citizen Ship! Using Naturalization Records to Find Ancestral Homes  Summer is a great time to take genealogy road trips, and here’s one you can enjoy without leaving Mahoning County.  Finding the overseas homes of our ancestors can be challenging, but the results when successful are rewarding and open up a whole new set of challenges and discoveries.    When the place of birth… read more >>

Overseas Immigration in Olden Days

Immigrants on sailing ship in 1849

Holding Their Breath While Yearning to Breathe Free: Immigrant Hardships During Ocean Voyages to America O voyagers, O seamen, You who came to port, and you whose bodies Will suffer the trial and judgement of the sea… ~T.S. Eliot., The Dry Salvages (No. 3 of Four Quartets) In 1913 my maternal grandmother, Katarzyna Tymeczko, by herself at age 17, journeyed for ten… read more >>