Saturday, December 11, 2010

Born at Sea-Followup

I have the image from the "Births at Sea" that was referenced in an earlier post. There are a few differences between the information on the birth record and what is known about the family. The differences appear at this point to be minor discrepancies:
  • The first name of mother is different from what I have for the mother's name--but the manifest name for the mother is different from the birth record entry and the manifest first name is the same as the wife's first name in the 1880 census.
  • The maiden name of mother is missing the "Van" but how many August Mortiers can marry a Van Hoorebeke or Hoorebeke girl?
  • The family arrived on the USS Georgia in 1880, very shortly before they were enumerated in the 1880 census in Rock Island, Illinois.
The image with this post is the Mortier family entry on the ship manifest.

Despite the slight discrepancies, the birth entry referenced in the earlier post has to be for the Mortier family who was later in Rock Island, Illinois.

In an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues, we'll summarize the records that have been located and where the research should progress. Even in writing up this post, I've seen a few holes that need to be filled.

And, as usual, we'll have complete citations of all records used in our analysis.

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