Friday, June 11, 2010

The Ship That Goes With the Trunk

I wrote about this trunk briefly almost ten years ago when I got it.
Hopefully if there's a little spare time this summer, I'll give another go at finding Altje in a passenger list.
She would have immigrated in the late 1860s-early 1870s. The name on the trunk is Ahltie F. Goldenstein--actually Altje.
Her destination of Keokuk Junction, Ills. is stamped on the trunk as well.
A wonderful piece.
Altje's brother Focke Goldenstein was my great-great-grandfather. She married Hinrich Schuster in Adams County, Illinois.
Hopefully we'll have an update in a future issue of Casefile Clues.
Readers are welcome to try their hand at locating her in the passenger lists at and elsewhere. It's been several years since I really looked for her and maybe something has been re-indexed or corrected in the interim.


  1. You may want to look at this - I think it may be her!
    Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948
    about Treentji Goldenstein
    Name: Treentji Goldenstein
    Arrival Date: May 1892
    Age: 24 Years 0 Months Years
    Estimated birth year: abt 1868
    Gender: Female
    Race: German
    Ship Name: Oldenburg
    Port of Arrival: Baltimore, Maryland
    Destination: Illinois
    Last Residence: Desdorf
    Microfilm Roll Number: 2
    Page: 253

  2. Thanks, but that doesn't look like here. Altje was born in the 1850s and Trientje is a distinct different first name from Altje.

  3. Michael,
    Have you found anymore information on Altje. Altje would be my Great, Great, Great grandmother and I love to find out all I can about her. I would also like to know if I can get more pictures of her trunk?
    James Nichols

  4. James-
    Thanks for your note. I know a little bit more about her life in the US, but not when and where she came to the United States. And there's quite a bit of information about her ancestors in Ostfriesland. I'll email you privately about her later today--if you don't hear from me, feel free to email me at

  5. I can probably take more pictures of the trunk!