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Volume 12, No. 5 - January, 2011

Our Immigrant Ancestors
by Teresa Sullivan


Do you have your immigrant ancestorís naturalization record? If the naturalization occurred before 1906, the record is quite simple. It simply says that your ancestor renounced his allegiance to his birth country and pledged his allegiance to the United States of America.

After 1906, the forms changed and a lot of information on the immigrant, his wife and children were added. His date of birth, country of birth, date of immigration, port of arrival and method of arrival, namely ship name or railroad if coming from Canada were listed. The immigrantís wife and children automatically became citizens based on the fatherís allegiance. However, single women and widows could apply for citizenship on their own. It was not necessary to obtain citizenship on any timely basis and many immigrants were in the US many years before applying.

In October 2010, a group of people decided to do some indexing from Lancaster County records housed at Un-ion College Library in Lincoln. Having lived in Lancaster County all my life, a lot of these immigrant names are well known to me. In addition to the indexing, Jim and Jane Michel who are DCHS members have taken digital pictures of over 1000 of these records and supporting documents. Hopefully in a few months these records will be available to the public for a small charge.

Here are some records that will probably interest some DCHS members.

  Name

Birth Date

Birth Country

Wife

# of Children

Johann Wilhelm Jarms

11/23/1842

Germany

Wilhelmine Patzman

1

Thomas Huddleston

11/11/1854

England

Lois Harley

5

George Allan

6/24/1856

Scotland

Maria (deceased

4

Robert Cameron

3/3/1841

Scotland

Nellie

3

Anton Ourecky

10/6/1875

Austria

Julia

1

From Wilber

Martin Ostermann

10/4/1859

Germany

Margaret

3

Harry Newman Safford

5/20/1867

England

Effie May

2

Herman Burkard

1/18/1859

Germany

Antonie

3

August Hoppe

8/15/1869

Germany

Elizabeth

3

Henry Pester

12/25/1873

Russia

Gertrude

5

Gerrit Jan TeSelle

4/21/1841

Holland

Janna

6

Jacob Kersten

5/13/1887

Holland

single

0

Ewald Fraass

10/25/1875

Germany

Mary

3


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