3/6/2013 2:39:17 PM
To escape the religious persecution of King Louis XIV, family left France and headed for America.
3/6/2013 2:33:12 PM
Settler warns relatives of hardships and joys in land of opportunity.
3/6/2013 2:24:25 PM
Immigrant worked hard to make a better life for himself and his family.
3/6/2013 1:04:11 PM
The war and child adoption separated father and daughter for many years.
3/6/2013 12:57:45 PM
Man remembers the story of his grandfather first coming to America as a stowaway.
3/6/2013 12:53:21 PM
Couple planning a trip to France to visit distant relatives.
3/6/2013 12:48:09 PM
A shoemaker and his family learn much on farmland in Nebraska.
3/6/2013 12:43:15 PM
Seeking more freedoms after World War I, family sails to America.
3/6/2013 11:57:00 AM
Family dissolved in the great melting pot.
3/6/2013 11:52:09 AM
Two immigrant families settled in Pella, Iowa, and made a good life for themselves.
3/6/2013 11:44:05 AM
After three weeks on a ship, a mother and her children were excited to see the Statue of Liberty.
3/6/2013 11:38:07 AM
Grandmother came to America from Switzerland to start a new life.
3/6/2013 11:33:39 AM
Woman shares history of her family leaving Holland for a better life.
3/6/2013 11:27:58 AM
Swiss girls lived with aunt and uncle at boarding house in Ohio.
3/6/2013 10:16:11 AM
Switzerland immigrant finds opportunity near St. Joseph, Missouri.
3/6/2013 10:10:41 AM
Italian forfeits arranged marriage when he falls in love with a young widow.
3/6/2013 10:04:01 AM
Germans had tough time traveling on boat with Italian immigrants.
3/6/2013 9:59:23 AM
Traveling to Ellis Island from Switzerland in 1867 was difficult.
3/6/2013 9:51:54 AM
Young man traveled from Yugoslavia to Youngstown, Ohio.
3/5/2013 4:38:34 PM
As eldest son inherited farms, younger sons sought occupations in land of opportunity.
3/5/2013 4:33:49 PM
Many had to save and plan for arduous trip to land of opportunity.
3/5/2013 4:28:00 PM
Hanson journeyed to land of opportunity and worked with timber in Wisconsin.
3/5/2013 4:22:36 PM
Woman worked for wealthy New Yorkers, while future husband, as a blacksmith, fitted handles on train cars.
3/5/2013 4:14:53 PM
Woman’s family comes from Sweden, and included stalwart homesteaders and railroaders.
3/5/2013 4:01:06 PM
Long journey ends early one cold morning, and no welcome party acknowledges grandmother’s arrival.
3/5/2013 3:55:38 PM
Father travels to America for work prospects, and his family’s passage on Titanic was changed to Lusitania because of a missed connection.
3/5/2013 3:49:36 PM
Neither spoke English, so couple taught themselves and pursued their dream in the promised land.
3/5/2013 3:43:31 PM
Under favorable conditions, trip took five weeks; this ship encountered bad storms, and it took 14 weeks.
3/5/2013 3:38:15 PM
Carrying their provisions, family survives hazardous journey to settle in Minnesota.
3/5/2013 3:33:12 PM
Family stayed in station waiting for ship, and many people were robbed as they slept.
3/5/2013 3:28:28 PM
Couple settles near Tonganoxie, Kansas, only to endure more hardships.
3/5/2013 3:24:02 PM
Woman immigrated to Minnesota and soon learns that the red light in windows does not mean what she thinks it does.
3/5/2013 3:03:18 PM
New York port the starting point for many immigrants, and the Dahlgren family starts its journey in vast land of opportunity.
3/5/2013 2:58:05 PM
Emigrate register lists entire Norwegian family as they arrive in land of opportunity.
3/5/2013 2:46:19 PM
Reaching destination in this land of opportunity, engaged woman finds a new love, and grandparents start family in North Dakota.
3/5/2013 2:33:12 PM
Immigrant’s new adventures lead him to homestead in North Dakota in this land of opportunity.
3/5/2013 2:22:55 PM
Selling Singer sewing machines leads man to walk across Dakota Territory searching for fertile soil on free land.
3/5/2013 2:18:26 PM
Ship held in New York Harbor to allow president’s funeral procession to pass.
3/5/2013 2:01:01 PM
Woman misses English countryside as she journeys through America to finally find her own land of opportunity in Montana.
3/5/2013 1:55:02 PM
Family’s belongings, including oxen and oxcart, were transported by riverboat to western Wisconsin.
3/5/2013 1:49:15 PM
Enterprising nature finds man with a silk-making operation and land that becomes a stop for the Underground Railroad.
3/5/2013 1:41:51 PM
After making the Atlantic Ocean crossing once, lad makes his way back to Ireland to marry his sweetheart; immigrant couple soon settles on plains of Nebraska.
3/4/2013 4:57:04 PM
Fleeing oppression and famine in his native Ireland, teenager stows away and finds his way to Georgia’s shores.
3/4/2013 4:37:29 PM
In his golden years, man enlists to fight in the infantry during the Civil War.
3/4/2013 4:31:19 PM
Many hardships awaited ancestors who traveled from England to the land of opportunity of which they dreamed.
2/28/2013 5:09:23 PM
Funerals on the prairie were no laughing matter in Lincoln County, Colorado.
2/28/2013 4:47:07 PM
What was it like on cattle drives in the mid to late 1800s? A cowboy's tale offers insight into a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.
2/28/2013 4:12:08 PM
Joke played out in Oklahoma homesteading days, as one man becomes responsible for most aspects of a country dance.
2/28/2013 4:04:34 PM
Thanks to a cattle dog on a North Dakota homestead, the local population's crops and homesteads were saved from a stampede of cattle.
2/28/2013 3:57:36 PM
Teens receive land now in South Carolina as a bounty for coming to new land of opportunity.
2/28/2013 3:53:10 PM
Family settles near Junction City, Kansas, and farm remains in the hands of direct descendant.
2/28/2013 3:48:35 PM
Staid British have a way with names, and one family owes its colonial success to obscure Norse word.
2/28/2013 3:44:05 PM
Butchered beef kept ship’s occupants fed during journey, and gallons of tea were consumed as well.
2/28/2013 3:39:36 PM
Family wonders if ancestor’s depression was brought about by predisposition or her difficult time finding her way to America.
2/28/2013 3:34:18 PM
Indebted to ship’s captain, man soon becomes a freeman and his descendants add to America’s long history.
2/28/2013 3:26:27 PM
Stable hand marries a lady from County Cork, and married couple find themselves on a ship to America.
2/28/2013 3:21:32 PM
Woman learns about her extensive family tree and how her ancestors served this land of opportunity.
2/28/2013 3:12:30 PM
Ancestor settled in Perth Amboy, and his many-times great-granddaughter returns to the region that includes South Amboy, New Jersey.
2/28/2013 3:05:37 PM
Father recalls his birthplace as a castle in Scotland.
2/28/2013 2:53:51 PM
Family history includes tale of ancestor being born aboard ship as family crossed the Atlantic.
2/28/2013 2:47:30 PM
Scottish family history begins in 1509, and family travels to the land of opportunity beginning in the 1600s.
2/27/2013 2:24:42 PM
From England, young man heads to America’s land of opportunity to make his fortune.
2/27/2013 2:15:38 PM
Merchant grandparents and younger generations all immigrate to United States, dreaming of the land of opportunity.
2/26/2013 10:11:15 AM
Children often spend more time inside than we would like, but adults can become educators and mentors to create Little Nature Lovers. Here are some ideas for reading time that introduce nature themes.
2/19/2013 4:32:27 PM
Family history tells of stowaway Stuart, the first to immigrate to the land of opportunity, the United States, from Scotland.
2/8/2013 4:33:46 PM
Brothers fought with new carbines for the Union during Battle of Vicksburg.
2/8/2013 4:26:51 PM
Great-grandfather writes of life in Union infantry, includin dirt and lice.
2/8/2013 4:17:22 PM
Massacre at Fort Pillow a key part of letter to great-aunt, describing actions of the Rebs.
2/7/2013 12:08:02 PM
A visit to a small farm in Bismarck, North Dakota
2/4/2013 2:25:26 PM
One Super Bowl ad really brought back a lot of memories for this Farm Girl! God Made a Farmer resonates with anyone who grew up on or now lives on a working farm.
2/1/2013 12:30:11 PM
Farmhand’s generosity and thoughtfulness make quite an impression on farmers.
1/31/2013 5:13:21 PM
Youngsters take their mother at her word while hunting for their range cattle on a Moffat County, Colorado homestead.
1/31/2013 5:09:46 PM
Unusual way of peppering cattle in southern Missouri; even by homesteading standards.
1/31/2013 5:05:27 PM
One cowboy bucks the traditional game while breaking a horse in New Mexico Territory.
1/31/2013 5:01:19 PM
Cattle present a huge challenge for homesteaders in northwest Oklahoma.
1/31/2013 4:55:59 PM
Cattle hands offer awkward exchange over lunch on homesteaders' South Dakota land.
1/31/2013 4:50:42 PM
Recollections of Native American-settler interactions in "Indian Territory" on the Plains.
1/31/2013 4:46:31 PM
Blizzard on homestead in western Nebraska wiped out an entire cattle herd.
1/31/2013 4:42:24 PM
From fried cactus to Russian thistle "spinach" and more, one family of Kansas homesteaders took their edible wild plants cues from the cattle.
1/31/2013 4:34:03 PM
A homesteading boy in Alberta, Canada trains a trusty steer in an unusual way.
1/31/2013 4:27:31 PM
What funeral arrangements on a southern Missouri homestead consisted of during the settling of the Plains States.
1/31/2013 4:04:33 PM
Unusual treatment of "sitting up" near the coffin was common practice; just another common occurrence for a pioneer woman.
1/31/2013 3:57:09 PM
From long boxes to being buried alive, life – and death – was far different on homesteads in the old days.
1/31/2013 3:49:49 PM
Now a thing of the past, infare dinners were once the only way of celebrating a wedding on the homestead.
1/31/2013 3:44:03 PM
Folks on Colorado homestead celebrated weddings with something called a shivaree.
1/31/2013 3:35:26 PM
With no churches for miles around, homesteaders still found the means for getting baptised on a Colorado homestead.
1/31/2013 3:25:24 PM
Young woman's Fourth of July parade on the Kansas prairie consisted of a long string of calvarymen.
1/31/2013 3:14:35 PM
Young mother improvises crib bedding on an 1862 Iowa homestead.
1/30/2013 4:59:46 PM
Incredible story of a homesteading woman giving birth during blizzard on a Kansas homestead.
1/30/2013 4:51:48 PM
Proud mother helped out on large Colorado homestead working as a baby catcher.
1/30/2013 4:40:48 PM
Woman finished travel to her new Iowa homestead before giving birth to a daughter.
1/30/2013 4:33:59 PM
From prairie dogs and rattlesnakes to working cattle, a Colorado homestead was no place for those of feeble spirit.
1/30/2013 4:09:19 PM
Stories from pioneer wives of the Plains depicts a life of arduous toil.
1/30/2013 3:42:54 PM
Read the tale of a hardworking Missouri homesteading woman and think of how easy you might have it.
1/30/2013 3:27:58 PM
Woman with young children encounters a timber wolf in her doorway; door gets finished shortly thereafter.
1/30/2013 3:08:11 PM
Fascinating letter from a homesteading mother facing hard times in Kansas, written to her mother.
1/30/2013 2:48:40 PM
When Dad went to the coal mines to work, he left a gun by the window.
1/30/2013 8:56:18 AM
Contemplating spring projects and all there is to do before warmer weather sets in at an old farmhouse.
1/28/2013 4:00:09 PM
Thousands of volunteers around the country work together to ensure the American chestnut stays alive and well.
1/28/2013 11:20:58 AM
Homesteaders of the year will be named in September for annual Homesteading Education Month.