9392Re: [Genealogy Research Club] Newbie with questions
- Jul 5, 2006Hello Sandi,
What you have written about your GGF tends to confirm
my earlier posting and also Jon's that he was not
Belgian by birth. If he had been Belgian it would have
cost him virtually nothing to get to Antwerp from
anywhere in Belgium, and even in the 1890s the train
trip would have taken less than ha;f a day. The fact
that he changed his name also leads me to believe that
he was of Eastern European origin, and in fact he may
well have been Jewish; many Jews when they arrived in
the New World changed their names to more American
sounding or at least less Jewish sounding ones. Some
Jews wished to bury their past in the New World and
chose completely non-Jewish names as well.
Hope this helps.
Ron in Geordieland
> We are assuming that G. Grandpa sailed out of__________________________________________________
> Antwerp - the family
> used their entire savings getting him to the port.
> My G.Grandfather
> literally came to America with the clothes on his
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