My name is Lois Holt and I have been researching my Scottish Heritage for 25 years. My Background is 75% Scottish and 25% English. Using various vital records like census, immigration, birth and marriage I found my Grandfather George, his father and siblings arriving in the USA via Ellis Island in 1910. The men were coal miners. George's uncles had come to Canada in late 1800’s and wrote how great it was in Canada for employment. Like other immigrants my ancestors also wanted a new start.
Mary Smith x2!!! Grandfather George’s mother passed away in Glasgow and then his dad remarries. The funny thing was that both wives were named Mary Smith, one was from Glasgow and the second from Ireland. This was hard work finding any record as Mary Smith was a popular name. George's Mary gave birth to twins girls, one lived and one was still born. I thought Mary had also died. I discovered a death certificate that showed she died 5 years (in 1894) after the birth of her daughters.
One summer they came to Toronto, Canada to visit family and stayed. The men would go to Pennsylvania in September until December. I found them in Boarder Crossing records going back and forth between the USA and Canada until 1915. When a rubber factory opened they left the mines to work in the rubber factory in Parkdale, York, Ontario.
My grandfather George wrote to his sweetheart that he left behind in Scotland, and she bought a ticket, arriving in New Brunswick, Canada on the 5th of January 1918 and took the train to Toronto. George was waiting with a marriage license. George and my grandmother were married that day she stepped off the train, January 9th, 1918.
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