Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to better understand your ancestor’s immigrant experience – even to find it in their own words and images?
It’s entirely possible if you know where to look. For example, the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies has posted a digital archive of dialect examples, including one family’s poems about their experience. The Luxembourg American Cultural Society has extensive Luxembourg-American photography collection.
Always start with the location where the family settled. Get to know who lived there and who might know more about who lived there. Sometimes it’s the local or state historical society; sometimes it’s an individual, like me. Talk to the local librarians, genealogists, and more. Or ask – I’ve made some good connections!
Happy New Year!