In another quest to help prove, disprove, or say yes it is probable, that my family did this.....I'm trying to locate U.S. Emigration ship logs. Passenger lists of people returning to Europe.  Family story is my great grandfather, Jaroslav Tregler traveled back and forth between the U.S. and Europe exchanging money. The family was well off in the early 1900's both in Bohemia and Chicago. What I'm finding so far is not true that he traveled back and forth.

Jaroslav immigrated to the U.S. when he was 28 in the very early part of 1913. His (wife?) Anna and two daughters from her previous marriage, Frances and Bozena, along with Anna and Jaroslav's son Jaroslav, arrived April 1913. Anna and Jaroslav were married in Chicago in 1915. It is unknown if they married in Bohemia as well.  Anna's brother Vaclav Svihlik and her oldest son Josef arrived October 1913. The only child to remain in Europe was Stanley Sima, who finally immigrated in 1920, after World War I.

I recently discovered Jaroslav applied to be a citizen in 1914, days before the start of World War I. Applying so quickly after immigration meant in most cases, that the person was intending to stay in the U.S. His occupation was stated as Cabinet Maker.

Jaroslav, Anna and Jaroslav did return to Europe in 1921. I am trying to locate any emigration logs to find a date. Jaroslav Sr., died in Czechoslovakia in 1922. Anna and son Jaroslav returned to Chicago in 1925, applied for citizenship and stayed until death. 

Now my goal is to find some record of them leaving. To write down little stories that go with the family and try to piece together a picture. If you know of ship logs for ships bound eastward, I would love to know where they are located.

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Very cool project!

April 13, 2010 at 1:46 AM

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