Alegna - you have been really finding some treasures recently! How cool!
This week we visited a family member I haven't seen since I was a kid, he's 92 and still very sharp. I tried not to pepper him with questions, but I did get a lot of information out of him! Very exciting, some names and towns that I didn't know, so at least I have a starting point now for further research. I've been going through the Ellis Island records, tediously logging each person with a certain last name from the tiny town my ggparents came from, and trying to sort out how everyone's related. Looks like there was a mass exodus from this town between 1905-1920, and 20+ people came over. So confusing--cousins, siblings, all these nicknames. I've got to do some research on WHY they all left then.
Have any of you tracked down likely causes of your ancestors' emmigration? I know the early Americans came mostly for religious reasons, but I haven't figured out the later people's reasons.