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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Finding a Birth at Sea

Shirley asked
How can I trace an ancestor's birth if he were "born at sea" in 1830? I think the ship MAY have been from Germany or Ireland and arrived in (possibly) Philadelphia in that year.

I know he went on to marry Catherine Leonard. They lived and died in Pennsylvania (both died in 1855...coincidence or tragedy? They had a son named Samuel K. Linard sometimes shown as Saml Linard, Samuel H. Linard who was born May 9, 1852 in Madison twp, Perry County, Pennsylvania

OLIVE TREE ANSWER: Hi Shirley - if your ancestor were born on board a ship, his name or a record of the birth of an infant would almost certainly be found on the ship manifest.

You're in luck since Pennsylvania archived ships passenger lists as early as 1800. I would begin searching for his parents on ships passenger lists to America (don't limit your search to Pennsylvania)

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