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Old 10-05-2017, 05:25 AM
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My people came to the greatest country in the world's history ,America from The island of Sicily.
They came in the early 1900's .My family came in thru Ellis island,. My grandfather was blown away by New York, and some stayed in long Island, and the rest moved to Chicago, IL.
How about yours?
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:33 AM
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Great topic for a thread, Dilly Dilly!

Both sides of my family through Ellis Island in many, various waves, 1912-1955.

Predominately from Hungry and Lebanon. They then moved to various parts of upstate NY, CT, and RI.
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Canada during WWI. Grandfather joined the US army during the war and stayed in until after WWII
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All 4 of my grandparents came through Ellis Island in the 1930's as very young adults (18-20), my father's side from southern Italy and my mothers side from southwest Germany.
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Cool thread. Hopefully will get interesting replies.

Dad's family came to North Florida via Georgia, North Carolina, England. They dug up evidence of ancestor participating in revolutionary war. Have several ancestors that were in civil war. Jacksonville area and battle of olustee as well as both major theaters.

Mom's family came from England. Ggggf enlisted to gain citizenship and was sent to Florida where he fought Chief Osceola in the second Seminole war in Bushnell area. Then settled in North Florida.
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came from Czechoslovakia again thru Ell is Island, shortly after 1930.
Both families all had multiple sons serving in WW2 ,3 in the marines ,and 3 in the Army.

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My father come to America from Ireland , arriving thru Ellis island.
Sixth grade education.

Became a PROUD citizen of the USA.

Mothers parents also from Ireland,Mother was born in Philadelphia.

Parents raised eight children, all college graduates,

Three that are/were veterans that served our country.
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We were here in NC shortly after the revolution (apparently).

Was part of the royal family. Not sure what happened but they came to America and I'm not rich so I guess we pissed them off

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Originally Posted by raystein View Post
Cool thread. Hopefully will get interesting replies.

Dad's family came to North Florida via Georgia, North Carolina, England. They dug up evidence of ancestor participating in revolutionary war. Have several ancestors that were in civil war. Jacksonville area and battle of olustee as well as both major theaters.

Mom's family came from England. Ggggf enlisted to gain citizenship and was sent to Florida where he fought Chief Osceola in the second Seminole war in Bushnell area. Then settled in North Florida.
Came in chains early 1700 then escaped from Georgia to Spanish North Florida in 1720. Lived in peace with the Indians for almost 90 years. Then fought first 2 Seminole wars on the Indian side. Did a lot of ask kicking. May have fought your ggggF. Still on the original spot in North Florida.
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Mad, Great history Sir!
Now we got it going on.I can't wait to hear Ya'll s history in our country. Wait til our southern, and eastern, and western brothers chime in,They have been here forever ,some.
Love history,
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Good thread on a subject I enjoy!
My father's side came to the Colonies from Scotland in the 1740's and settled in VA. Kinda cool that my (lots of Greats) Grandfather was a Captain in the Continental Army under Washington.

A relative is still doing research on my mother's side of the family as to when they got here but can our trace lineage back to being a descendant of John Adams, so it was at least in the mid 1700's as well.
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Wow 1700's ,and 1720 and 1740,right before the Nation's birth.Amazing.
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my in laws came in the 60's
FIL by plane from Milan
MIL by boat - from Sicily...
just became dual citizens some 8 years ago.

my GGP came thru Ellis island from Italy - no idea when though..
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Relative late comer here.

My paternal grandfather left Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1912, coming through Ellis Island. (I have the passenger list so know the ship on which he came and the date).
Coming from a coal mining family there, he settled in Pennsylvania and mined until killed in a mining accident.

I was fortunate to visit the home in which he was born in Lanark (Glasgow suburb) in 1890. The row house is still standing and inhabited on Miller Road.

Mom's side was here longer, having immigrated from England in the mid 1800s.
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On a side (but related) note:

The ancestors being discussed in this thread came here when America was a land of limitless opportunity and possibility.

What's changed?

Not a thing, other than you don't have to take a long ocean voyage to do it.

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Deported from France to Nova Scotia 1740s, Deported from Nova Scotia 1750s and dumped in southern Louisiana. Family is still there in Bayou Lafourche, I left in the 80s to find another cousin to date, the eyes were getting just a little too close together
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Ellis Island here. They liquidated their assets and came over with diamonds sewn inside of a coat to avoid taxes or for whatever reason. They started a successful restaurant and never needed the diamonds. My wife, mother, cousins, aunts etc all wear one on their finger to this day.

Those jewelers are pretty amazing. When I had it set the guy looked at it for about 2.5 seconds and says "wow, this is old, good quality, probably from Italy around the early 1900s." He was spot on.
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I spend a great deal of time reading comments on this site but never post. This is a good one to start on. I recently retired and this has become an interest of mine. My mother's family came here from England just before 1700. They migrated from Baltimore south and ended up in Western N.C. just before the Revolutionary War. My 6th great grandfather had 8 sons. 3 or 4 of them were killed fighting Tories and Native Americans in the area during the war. He himself was killed by Native Americans in 1782. All but 1 of his surviving sons left the area and ended up in Texas via Alabama. We are descended from the son that stayed in N.C. The majority of these descendants have lived in a small area in Western N.C. for 250 years. I have a daughter in college in the area. If I have to go pick her up when she come home for a few days, I will go up early and ride through the area talking to people I run across or looking through graveyards. She tells here friends I am "cemetery snooping".
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My family is mostly English as am i, moved here in 83, came in through Miami.
However.... my Grandmother on mums side is English, came to America in WW2 for 6 years and married a GI! He didnt make it through war, but my Nan had the baby in US, however moved back to England when my mum was 6.
Fast forward to 1980, we came to US on holiday, mum loved it, went back home, put hoyse on market, applied for visas, etc 3 years later here we were!!!
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Welcome to America Brother Darren,
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