Expect the Unexpected

Years ago, I was working on a family of Swiss immigrants to Davenport, Iowa. Most of the family were farmers and the vast majority stayed in the area. Except for one daughter who in the 1890s moved to New York City to become an actress. When she could not be located in Iowa records with her siblings, I assumed she’d either died young and, for one reason or another, left no local records.

Well she had left no local records because she had moved–and quite a distance. I wasn’t expecting to find her in New York.

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