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Old 01-31-2017, 10:08 AM
Judy Patsch Judy Patsch is offline
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Default Immigration through New Orleans

Jim, great point about the numbers of people who entered the U.S. through New Orleans and then headed up the Mississippi. Our German American Heritage Center in Davenport has done a lot of research on that, particular to our area which was populated by Schleswig-Holstein/Hamburg immigrants. One notable river family comes to mind without delving deeply: the Kahlkes. They arrived in New Orleans and actually set up shop there for a while before a couple brothers came upriver and established the Kahlke Boatyard here in Rock Island. I don't know the path of the Streckfus family to the Midwest, but I suspect it was via this same route.
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