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Monday, December 14, 2009

Finding an Ancestor in Galveston Arrival Records

Yvonne's Question:
My ancestor Willm Jacobs Tammen b. 17 Feb 1850, Eversmeer Ostfriesland Germany, arrived in America at Galveston, TX in Oct 1890. with his wife Hauke Wina Decker Tammen and six children. They took a train to Wichita Falls and live there the rest of their life. HaukeWina's parents had previously settled there. They 'family' story is that they arrived at New York on 'the big boat' and transferred to a 'cattle boat' for the trip to Galveston. I have searched all the records of Castle Garden in New York and have not found them also the Galveston Ships lists do not mention them. The children, all with the surname of Tammen, were: Jantjen Willms b. 1875; Reiner Willms b. 1878; Jacob Willms b. 1881; Amke Willms b. 1883; Arenka (Annie) Margaretha b.1886; Heimke Maria b. 1889. All children b. in Eversmeer and baptism recorded in Westerholt records.

I would like to find what ship (s) they traveled on and the dates they arrived in New York and Galveston. Or when and where they left in Germany. I feel that I will have to find a record on the German side. Where do I go from here.

Olive Tree Answer: Dear Yvonne - The Galveston Immigration database of the Texas Seaport Museum is not online right now, but you can send them a query at That would be my next step if this were my family tree.

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