overland Jewish migration in the 18th-early 20th centuries #general


GAIL SPIEGEL BILLOW <gspiegel2@...>
 

Dear All,

The Israel Genealogical Society announced that it was holding a One Day
Seminar next November on "The Wandering Jew: Jewish Migration Between
the 18th and 20th Centuries."
After posing questions in an e-mail to the moderator, she suggested I
ask you. Please share whatever you know re:

How did our ancestors travel >from their towns in eastern and central
Europe to seaports (horse and wagon, walk, train, boats on river)?
How long did the trips take? (I know it's greatly varied. I checked
online re the speed of travel of a horse and buggy
http://groups.google.com/group/misc.rural/
The information was 5-7 miles/hour, but I assume it was slower for our
ancestors who traveled with all their worldly possessions and some went
with children and babies. There were also stopover places set up by
steamship lines as well as encounters with the authorities and/or
rogues)
What experiences did they encounter? (purchasing tickets from
steamship lines, cost of tickets - dual train/steamship, passports -
legal and false, need to hide >from authorities if illegal or no papers,
smuggling across border, conditions on train especially if traveling
steerage/4th class on train, affects of weather, where/how slept along
way, victimization by dishonest innkeepers, border guards, swindlers
selling counterfeit tickets, waiting period once reach port, conditions
in dormitories set up by steamship lines)

Thanks, Gail Spiegel Billow
Florida, NY USA

Researching:
Trembowla: SPIEGEL, RINTEL; Chorostkow: BLECHER, SPIEGEL; Ulaszkowce,
Jagielnica: ALLWEIL, TAJBER; Zbaraz: BIALAZURKER, GEIST; Buczacz: KLANG;
Brzezany: SPIEGEL; Brody: RINTEL, KOLIN, LINDNER, ENGELHARDT
Lemberg/Lwow/Lviv: HIRSCH; Welica/Wieliczka: SPIEGEL; Linitz, Russian Empire
(now Ilintsy, UA): Paltilowitz; Biala Podlaska, Poland: BRODACZ
Augustow, Poland: KAHAN

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