I kept watching those commericals put on television by Ancestry.com, and I wondered if it could be so easy. What did I find? Well, I found that it is expensive. However, Ancestry.com does offer a free trial membership. I decided to take advantage of it. I found a cousin that I previously didn't even know existed. He had some information about my family and Ellis Island and when they immigrated to the United States. I was amazed that we could track our family tree (on my father's side) back so far, and then I realized it really wasn't that long ago. My family hasn't really been in the United States for that long--only a couple of generations.
My great, great, grandfather was a little boy when his family made the trip across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship called the Kroonland. William (Wilhelm) Ivanick (spelled Iwanck in the ship’s manifest) and family sailed from Antwerp on September 6, 1902 and arrived in New York on Sept.ember 15 on the ship Kroonland.. Family members included wife Julia and 5 children Anna, Julianna, Karl (Leo), Wilhelmina (Minnie) and Irma. William's occupation is listed as "Miner." Their nationality is shown as "Lower Austian."
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