News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 11, 2013

Genealogy: Website offers information on ship names, photos

Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Genealogists are always looking for the ship that brought their immigrant ancestor to America. A website called TheShipsList seeks to help us out by enumerating the shipping lines that transported people between Europe, Canada, the United States and Australia between the years 1890 and 1930.

Besides information on the fleets, the site also includes an alphabetical listing of ships’ names, as well as pictures for many of the ships. Also included is a section on passenger lists, ship arrival dates at various ports, marriages at sea, famine immigrants, shipwrecks and much other information. Visit this site at www.theshipslist.

com/ships/lines/index.htm.

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If you are doing research on Eastern European ancestors, many of whom came to this area to mine coal, you might want to order the booklet “Tracing Your Eastern European Ancestors,” available from Family Chronicle this September. Here’s what they say:

“Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy are pleased to announce our latest special issue in our continuing Tracing Your Ancestors series. If you are researching your ancestors in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and the Ukraine, our expert authors have provided up-to-date information on resources that will assist you in your research.

“Tracing Your Eastern European Ancestors includes: Ten Ways to Jumpstart Your Research, Top Sites for Polish Research, Eastern European Maps, Getting Started on Your Czech Research, Online Sources for Slovak Genealogy, Hungarian Research (including censuses and directories). Plus, there is additional material covering Russian language and naming conventions, Eastern European Genealogical Societies and MyHeritage.com’s Record Match technology and more.”

The magazine-format booklet is 84 pages and sells for $9.95, plus $4.50 shipping. To order, call toll-free 1-888-326-2476, ext. 111, or visit internet-genealogy.com/Trac

ing_Eastern_European.htm.

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Queries:

• Looking for information on Charlotte Merry, who married Charles Barrett in 1858 in Coles County, Ill. Barrett was her first marriage. She then married a man named Boursburr, and finally a man named J. Grant. Anyone who has information on Charlotte and any of her three marriages, please email Patricia Williams at ptebow@aol.com.

• I would like any information about John Walsh (born between 1790 and 1802), who was married to Sarah Graham. He was the father of another John Walsh and the father-in-law of Mary Louisa McKaig. The elder John Walsh died in Tuscola, Douglas County, Ill., in 1879. Any help would be appreciated. Please email Shannon Walsh at estase73@live.com.

• Adolph O. or Ollie Arthur Musson and his wife Lillie Mae owned a general store in Hoopeston, Vermilion County, Ill., around 1920-30. On Aug. 6, 1927, Lillie became ill and died. She was a diabetic. Her death certificate says she died in Grant, Vermilion County, age 47, and her maiden name was Wise. Her father was Richard Wise, and her mother was Doesha Wiseman. She was born in Kentucky, as were her parents. Her death record says she’s buried at the Floral Hill Cemetery in Iroquois County, Ill. I would appreciate any information on this couple. Please email J. Davis at garfield44@charter.net.