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Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Cost of Passage Results
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 03:56:27 EDT
I still cant seem to find out how much dollars it cost from Scotland to
New York in 1940 by ship. Not in the inflated today's dollar but how much
was it then was it 40 dollars a person and 20 for a child.
I am so curious to know how much it was I don't think people who
immigrated from Europe could take out more then 20 dollars so I find it
My first reaction why people came from Germany to America in 1854 was
the Plague that people were running away from the plague and then I
thought about it and realized if they had the plague they couldn't really
move around that much as they were very sick or dying and then I thought
some more and if they had the plague then they probably had died 4 or 5
hundred years earlier.
I believe the people who came here in the early 1800's from Germany
probably came for the same reasons people leave there family and homes
and countries now. For a better life for money for religious persecution
or the governments are after them.
I don't think the rich of any country would leave their families and
traditions and homes. Its the poor who leave.
From: Jeanne Davis <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Cost of Passage Results
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I tried a web site you recommended by a friend,
shoestringgenealogy.com, and found a "converter". It's so easy I
wonder how accurate it is but you can check it out. After going to
Shoestring, I went to the Site Map. On the left hand list I found
"Reference Desk" and there I found "Inflation Calculator". According
to that, the 46 Gulders my gr-grandfather paid for passage in 1854
would cost $1049.43 today. Now I'm wondering how much of a major
expense that would represent for folks living in Germany at that
time. I found several references to 1854 as a year of major
immigration from German states. What was going on in Germany at the
time to convince so many young people to leave home? Anyone have any
info about life in Germany then? Trying to put "flesh and bones" on
Jeanne Mueller Davis
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