358Searching for "roots"
- May 1 5:50 AMPerhaps I should explain my ancestral situation so that my intentions
will be clear. My grandmother was sent to Minnesota on an "orphan
train" in 1889 (from New York) and taken in, though probably not
adopted, by a childless but loving family in southern Minnesota. As
I was growing up I never knew about this and so did not ask any
questions. In the past several years, I have developed an urge to
trace my family back to their origins where possible. I spent the
greater share of 12 years trying to find information on grandma
Mayme, all to no avail (I have no birth name on which to search).
Recently I became aware that she might have a direct relationship on
Tristan da Cunha. This is the first breakthrough I have had in my
pursuit. My hope is to find someone who has a history and names of
the people who might help me in my efforts. I would have no way of
knowing if grandma was born on Tristan da Cunha - or if her mother
was somehow related to a resident there. I know I am hunting for
a "needle in a haystack", but this is really my last resort. We
celebrated Grandma's birthday as May 1, 1883.
Please forgive me if my earlier message seemed thoughtless or
offensive. It was not my intention. Elaine Dorsett
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