Sunday, April 10, 2016

Genealogy Journey's Podcast #7: Ocean Travel

State Library of Queensland. Flickr the Commons.

Talking about ocean travel could easily take up four, five, or more podcasts. We wanted to honor the RMS Titanic and the tragedy and folklore surrounding that tragic event as well as look at how ocean travel has evolved over the centuries. You may want to know where all those little details came from, so here are our resources. 

Recognize each of these has a wealth of additional information that may help you understand all the trials your ancestors endured to cross the open sea.

Wikipedia - Steamship

The Queen Mary - Titanic vs Queen Mary

Italiamerica - "Southern Italian Immigration" by Nicola Colella 

Biel, Steven. Down with the Old Canoe: A Cultural History of the Titanic Disaster (want your own copy?:

Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc., 1993.

Daniels, Roger. Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life, 2nd ed. New York: Harper Collins, 2002.

Dow, George Francis, & Robinson, John. Sailing Ships of New England: 1607-1907. New York: Skyhorse Pub., 2007

Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys: German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America, 1717-1775. Philadelphia: Univ. of PA Press, 1996.

Taylor, Dale. The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Colonial America: From 1607-1783. Cincinnati, OH: Writers Digest, 1997.

Wokeck, Marianne S. Trade in Strangers: The Beginnings of Mass Migration to North America. University Park, PA: The PA State Univ. Press, 1999.


Hibben, Jean Wilcox. “Female Immigrant Ancestors” (in Tracing Your Female Ancestors, Niagara Falls, NY: Moorshead Publishing, 2015)

--Jean Wilcox Hibben

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