Meet my great great aunt Agatha Victoria and cousin Arthur.
I grew up seeing that photo (taken in the late 40s) on my grandmother’s mantle but thanks to Ancestry.com — the world’s largest online resource for family history — I was able to see the signature Aunt (as we call her) wrote on emmigration and naturalization papers. Pretty cool, right?
Aunt was born in 1899 and named after Queen Victoria (who was born in 1819 named Alexandrina Victoria – Brits traditionally use their middle name usually not the first one.). Aunt was a British citizen. Two family members were named after her.
Aunt was only 21 when she came to the United States through Ellis Island. She sent for cousin Arthur in the 1940s to come to the United States. Can you imagine moving at 21 to a whole different country … by yourself!?!
And then she sent for my grandfather in 1960 who then sent for my grandmother and mother to come in 1962. Which led to my parents meeting in high school!
Ancestry.com has a free trial I encourage everyone to sign up for. The feeling you get seeing historical records, including handwritten historical documents and state and local government archives about family members from long ago is amazing and everyone should experience it. And it’s also a great way to learn fun and interesting facts about your family tree.
Thank you Ancestry.com for helping me learn about my family history.