There are many pieces to the story of my ancestors I would like
to fill in. Here are the questions I would most like answers to.
Where was Johann G. Steffen born and who were his
parents? His parents are my only great-great-great-grandparents
whom I am missing. He almost certainly was born near the village
of Tribsow where his wife was born. There were plenty of Steffens
in the town of Cammin, so that seems like the right area. But
I have not been able to find any document to pin it down.
[Cammin church records list the birth
of a Johann Gotlieb Steffen in 1816 (about 14 months after my
ancestor); his marriage and childrens' births are also
recorded--nothing matches my Johann G. Steffen.]
Secondarily, when did he emigrate? And did he enter through
New York (like most of my immigrant ancestors) or
through New Orleans, as one cousin says she was told?
Who were the Christine and Gustav Bartelt listed
on the Sidonia passenger list along with August Bartelt,
his mother and uncle?
When, where, how exactly did the Zarlings arrive in America?
Naturalization records indicate some of them arrived in 1857,
but obviously Ernestine was in Milwaukee in 1856 when she
married August Bartelt. Census records suggest she arrived
in 1854. I would also like to find the immigration details
for Margarethe Wirth and Wilhelmina Buth.