Spent the weekend doing a whole lot of nothing - except I did manage to get quite a bit of researching in for a friend who was trying to find out the origins of her name. There's something satisfying about taking a few bits of information and working with it until you can piece together a story! I'm always amazed at the creative spellings that people used to change their surnames when they immigrated to the US and even more amazed to find that often that siblings used variations of that same surname so two brothers could have completely different spellings!
I have spent the last year revisiting each piece of information I have now sourcing it which is not fun. But don't laugh - how many of you have done the same thing? If you haven't then KUDOS - if you have, go back NOW and fix it. Trust me, you will be glad you did!
Ship Manifest: Kaiser Wilhelm II 5 July 1900
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