This Year’s Family History Writing Challenge Topic:
Swiss Family Berset Emigration to St. Louis
All of my ancestors came to the USA in the 1837-1882 timeframe from Germany, Alsace-Lorraine and Switzerland. For several families I have been successful in tracing my ancestors in their home countries to the pre-1750 timeframe. The big exception has been my maternal grandfather’s family – whose parents, and grandparents emigrated from Switzerland and likely Alsace-Lorraine. His ancestors are my hardest “brick wall” to crack! By choosing his family as the subject for my 2015 Family History Writing Challenge, I hope to create more interesting scenes and describe more authentic ancestors.
In preparation, I reviewed my past research about what I know about the ancestors of my maternal grandfather William E. Bersett (1880-1949). I did some additional research into his siblings, parents, uncles, aunts, and grandparents in the hope that this would provide me a better understanding of their challenges and experiences. I have also done some research of the St. Louis environment in the late 19th century.