Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.
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This is a photo of my mom (the young girl standing on the left) with her brothers, stepmother, and grandma. I’m assuming my grandpa, Debs Webster, was taking the picture, since he’s not in the photo.
Now imagine that you have just left the country where you were born, boarded a ship, and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. You have left most of your family behind in Brazil. Thankfully someone in your family speaks English, but the rest of you do not, or are not fluent in the language. The year is 1952. You buy a car after you arrive and some sleeping bags and camping equipment to help you on your journey. This is what my mom and her family did. They emigrated from Brazil to the United States of America and subsequently became citizens of this great nation. This is a photo of one of their stops while they were traveling across the United States by car from New York City, where they arrived in the U.S., to their final destination of Southern California.
In previous posts I have explained how my grandfather Debs, while still living in Brazil, was able to make contact with his uncle Rollin Webster, who lived in Chicago, Illinois. And if you’ve read about Debs’ father, Watson Emory (Frederick) Webster, a.k.a. The Traveling Dentist, then you understand how this branch of the Webster tree ended up in Brazil.
I will be continuing the story of my Webster family coming full circle from the U.S.A. to Brazil and back again in future posts. I’m looking forward to sharing with you some early ‘50s postcards that were purchased along the way as my mom and her family traveled across the United States.
What about your family? Do you have any emigration/immigration stories you would like to share?
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