Re: Finding history in Glasgow, Scotland and tracing un-named relative #unitedkingdom


Jill Whitehead
 

What was more likely to happen was that passengers who disembarked at Hull, or any other East Coast Port such as Grimsby or Leith (for Edinburgh) or Newcastle upon Tyne, may have found:

a) They had changed their minds, due to sea sickness across the Baltic and North Sea, and could not face another trip across the Atlantic (a story in my family), so stayed in Britain
b) Had only bought a ticket for Britain with the intention of buying another ticket to USA later on, either weeks, months or years later on. They stayed to work and save - some never went onto USA, but others did (usually those who had not naturalized British in my family)
c) Did not have enough money or had had their money stolen en route, so stayed in Britain. In the 19th century, the UK was a favoured migrant destination, especially its industrial areas in the North of England, Scotland round Glasgow, South Wales and the Midlands around Birmingham. 

 There have always been Scottish Jews - my family came to Edinburgh in waves in late 1860's and early 1870's from Baltic Poland/Lithuania, where there were already strong cross Baltic/North Sea trading routes. Many Jewish families in Edinburgh came from the same area, and they also settled in NE England where there were trading routes to Newcastle and other local ports. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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