I have to stop at OfficeMax on the way home today to pick up a magnifying glass. No I am not going blind and I don’t need it to read the newspaper — at least not yet!
What I do need it for is to examine some new immigration documents I found on the internet. My irish relatives from Jenkinstown can be traced up until the late 1800’s and then— poof! They fell off the map. Immigration to the states might be the reason. I have a document dated 1894 that notes a 6 year old Ellen Archer arrived in New York…this could be my great aunt but the names listed with her are very fuzzy and nearly unreadable… thus the reason for the new glass of magnification.
This genealogy thingy is quite addictive… a bit of a mystery map leading where?