I am trying to get some additional information on my Great Grandmother, Emma Herman Barnhardt. How do I found out more information on the names of her parents and where in Germany they lived, where Emma was born, and why she traveled to the United States without them.
What I do know:
Emma Herman-born 1892 in Germany (not sure where)
She arrived here in 1908 or 1909. I found a passenger list that might be for her, and she traveled here with an Uncle or a Great Uncle by the name of “Carotens Terlefs”-I don’t come up with anything on him when I try and search for him.
Arrival Date: 8 Mar 1909
Birth Date: abt 1843
Birth Location Other: seid bermang
Ethnicity/ Nationality: German
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Kaiserin Auguste Victoria
When she came to the United States they must have went to Minnesota (I say this because that is where she was married and my Great-Grandfather lived in Iowa)
I found a 1910 Minnesota census that might be for her but I am not sure. It shows that she was a servant and her birth year was listed as 1893 and immigration year 1908. Home in 1910: Staples Ward 2, Todd, Minnesota-what is says on census.
She married Frederick Barnhardt April 1911 in Verndale, MN. I ordered a copy of their marriage certificate hoping that it would have her parents listed-no such luck.
I found a census for Jan 1, 1925 that lists Emma’s parents’ last names. For her father it is listed as Herman and for her mother it is listed as Delaffaf-both born in Germany. How do I trace her parents? Did they not travel here with her because they had already passed or were they sick?
Emma moved with Fred after they married to Iowa and they lived there until 1925, when they moved to Roberts County, SD in March 1925
Emma passed away in April 30, 1925-I found her obit from April 30, 1925 from the Wilmot, SD paper. I did order a copy of her death certificate hoping there might be some info on there for me.
I would appreciate any ideas or tips to point me in the right direction.