DIARY OF A MAD GENEALOGIST: WHAT CAN I LEARN TODAY?
A NEW WORLD: EMI-IMMI-MI-GRATION
Presented by Kim Carlson
Our country was founded by immigrants -the first being the Native Americans who came across the Bering Strait. From the 1600s to the 1800s as America expanded, the country was built by citizens and new immigrants because open land without citizens was unclaimed land. Individuals, families and even communities left the “old country” for various reasons but all were looking for a better life. Over the centuries, events and sentiments influenced immigration policies. Sentiments of citizens and the government reflected fears of losing what citizens had gained, fear for safety from war and enemies, fear of the unknown.
Immigration however cannot be viewed as a single event.
Individuals, families and even communities
- departed from their homeland (emigrated)
- traveled by sea or land to enter America (immigrated) and
- once they stepped onto American soil, they did not necessarily remain in that locale but moved (migrated) to find “home.”
Today’s meeting will discuss all three processes and an overview of immigration policies over several hundred years.
Kim Carlson is CCGSI’s secretary and has been a member since 2017. “Three” is a recurring number in her family. Her family moved from Ohio in spring of 2016 and after three years in Punta Gorda, their home is now a three-generation home. Punta Gorda is the third place they have resided. Each of her parents were the third and youngest child. Her husband is one of three children; each of his siblings has three children. Kim and her husband have three children. And their three-generation home has three cats.