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Re: Habels from Penna.
Posted by: Margaret Sullivan (ID *****4665) Date: May 09, 2007 at 06:01:28
In Reply to: Re: Habels from Penna. by Lara Harvill of 73

We came as Habel and it appears both ways. I recently had the good fortune to meet a genealogist at the National Archives who specialized in German immigrants.

She recommended checking both Baltimore and Philadelphia, I had overlooked Baltimore. She also told me to try wild card searches as the name was a prime candidate for misspellings.

She took me one step further by telling me to look at a map of Germany and see which port of exit was closest, not necessarily in Germany. This had not occured to me. So I looked at Amsterdam, which was the geographic closest port to my folks place of origin, and then I searched Ancestry by ports of exit and found them. They came with 2 other families headed to Wilkes Barre. What I don't know is when their parents came. Since the oldest Amelia, my ggma was only 15 there had to parents some place in Wilkes Barre. I am waiting for copies of the city directories for the non census years. Amelia's death certificate appears to have errors on it so I am waiting for a copy of one of her sister's social security application which will have the names of her parents on there.

I have also joined Genealogybank.com which has a number of older newspapers online and can be searched by name and location. It is fairly reasonably priced and can be had for a monthly fee or annual depending on your need. I found some leads on that such as a marriage that had my ggma as bridesmaid to one of her sisters. I was able to contact the church and get a bit more information, but not parents.

Perhaps some of this will help you.


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