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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Louise Hinz on the S.S. Weser


An old postcard depicts steerage on a Norddeutscher Lloyd steamship.

My cousin Mary Lee and I did a little research at the Germans from Russia Heritage Society in Bismarck, North Dakota this summer. There, in Volume 1 of a book called Migration from the Russian Empire (Ira A. Glazier, ed., Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.), we found our great grandmother Louise Hinz and her firstborn daughter Alvina on a passenger list. The transcriptionist had misread her last name as Hing.

Louise, 22, and Alvina, 18 months old according to the passenger list, left their home in Russia and boarded the S.S. Weser, a the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamship, at Bremen on August 27, 1879. The Weser was built in 1867 and was 325' long and 40' wide. Louise and Alvina were steerage passengers until 9:00 a.m. on September 9, when they arrived at the Port of New York.


Mary was later able to obtain a copy of the passenger list at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.



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S.S. Weser (left) and S.S. Hohenstaufen

The Norway-Heritage website has a very interesting description of The Transatlantic Crossing here.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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