|This list of passengers departing Hamburg on May 4, 1907 lists Maria Tóth|
of Gelej, Hungary with her children Maria, Ilonka, Pista and baby Lajos.
Father Istvan awaited them in Trenton, New Jersey. (Click to enlarge)
It is quite a picture to imagine this young family from the little village of Gelej, Hungary staying at the Auswandererhallen (Emigrants’ Halls) in Hamburg, Germany awaiting their ocean voyage to America.
|Image of Hamburg's Emigrants' Halls thanks to |
Ballinstadt Emigration Museum.
The young Tóth family arrived at Ellis Island in New York via the S.S. Pennsylvania of the Hamburg-Amerika line fifteen days after departure from Hamburg. What a trip it must have been for a wiggly 2-year-old little boy, his older sisters, his baby brother, and his poor mother!
|The Tóth family arrived in New York on the S.S. Pennsylvania on May 19, 1907.|
Thanks to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City and the Ballinstadt Emigration Museum in Hamburg, I can visit museums at both little Pista Tóth's port of arrival in America and his port of departure in Germany. What an amazing chance to get a personal glimpse into what this little boy might have experienced just over 100 years ago on his trip to a new world with his family.
|Image of the S.S. Pennsylvania of the Hamburg-Amerika Line |
from the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives: The Future of our Past.
Note: The Staatsarchiv Hamburg has digitized passenger lists for those departing from the port during the years 1850-1934. These Hamburg passenger lists and their handwritten indexes are available through Ancestry.com.
This article was originally published here at 100 Years in America in 2008 as "A little boy, a big ship, and a brand new world". I've reposted it as part of the Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge. Follow me here at 100 Years in America as I try to keep up with the challenge to work through the alphabet while writing my family history.