Saturday, October 10, 2015

SNGF: Ancestors Who Migrated a Long Way

Randy, at Genea-Musings, has given us this challenge:

1) Many of our ancestors migrated to a distant place.  Which one of your ancestors migrated the furthest?  Or the furthest in North America?  It could be in one big move, or in several smaller moves over their lifetime.  How far did they travel?  Do you know the route they took?

2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.


My great grandfather, Joseph Orshoski, migrated from Hungary to the United States in 1901. According to their passenger list on the Ellis Island website, on April 1, 1901, father and son, whose name appeared as Josef Orsoczky, arrived in New York City on the ship Bulgaria. Josef/Joseph the father was 42, and his son was 16 years old. The father would go back to Hungary soon after he came to America, but the son stayed here in the U.S. for the rest of his life. My great grandpa worked as a coal miner in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, in the very early 1900s. In 1911 and 1912, Grandpa Joe and his first wife lived in Dorcester, Virginia, where Grandpa again worked as a coal miner. By 1918, the Orshoski family was living in Bay Bridge, an unincorporated village on Sandusky Bay in Erie County. Joe worked there at the Medusa Portland Cement Company. After having six sons, Grandpa Joe's first wife, named Julia, died in 1919, leaving him a widower with six sons. He married again, a lady from Hungary, named Julia, and they would go to have two lovely daughters. I think Great Grandpa Joe Orshoski is my ancestor who migrated the furthest, though I also have ancestors who emigrated here from Ireland, England, and Germany. Here is a picture of my Great Grandpa Joseph Orshoski with his second wife. Grandpa Joe died on November 16, 1976. He and both his first and second wife are buried at the Castalia Cemetery in Erie County, Ohio.

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