Greetings, fellow Athiests and free thinkers. I would like to start by saying thank you to all of you who have offered warm welcomes and group suggestions in my comments section. I greatly appreciate the hospitality from each and every one of you. I’m very sorry for the late gratitude; I’ve been busy searching for something that, to this day, still eludes me; my heritage. I’m sure some of you have gone on this long, grueling search at least once in your life; and I’m sure you’ve found something that made you satisfied, or something that made that feeling of longing grow unbearable. Sadly, I have the latter. My mother told me of my great grandfather, who came over from Ireland, but she’d barely known him by the time of his passing. Along with his passing, my family lost the only link to the Emerald Isle we had. All I know, is that his last name was Cash (Likely a different spelling though), and that he was born in 1894. I’ve no idea what boat he came over on, or what year he landed here. I’ve actually gotten frustrated to the point of tears because I can’t seem to find him anywhere on any immigrant records. I’ve checked Elis Island’s official website, and I’ve checked as far as it will allow me to, but I’ve found nothing. To be honest, I wish he was still here, so that I could talk to him about this. I know I sound desperate, but I really want to know where I come from. Now, If you all will excuse me, I’m off to continue my search. Peace to you all!

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Comment by Craig on March 9, 2014 at 11:03pm

Coming from somebody who can trace one line back to nobility; I cannot understand some peoples obsession with finding they're history. The only reason people kept track of such things was purely pedigree and title claims, and most of those families lost. 

Comment by Reg MM on March 4, 2014 at 1:00pm

While I can't relate to you as far as knowing where you come from (being from a Mennonite/Amish family-they keep records of everything and even occasionally publish family books), I can relate on wishing to be able to meet someone who is long gone. My paternal grandfather died several years before I was born, and if there's anyone that I would wish to meet from dad's side of the family it would be him. From stories I've heard, he and my grandmother were more of a mismatch than anything (she was not a warm person). I picture him as a dreamer, one who's life never really amounted to much. But he made beautiful things with his hands, and taught my father to work with wood. He once ran away out west and was found working in a lumber camp as the cook. My grandmother and a couple of my aunts went out to bring him home and I wonder if that was a humiliation for him.

Is there a way to check the records of passenger ships leaving Ireland? I'm just wondering if you would be able to find the original spelling of the last name that way.

Good luck on your search. Sometimes knowing where you come from is as important as knowing where you're going.

Comment by Michael Penn on March 4, 2014 at 5:56am

I have the same problem is you do, and have made no progress my entire life. I never will now because anyone that knew anything about me is long dead. My last hope went as my uncle died. My plan was to ask him once my mother died, but my uncle died first. Everyone that would know anything is gone now.

My mother often scolded me for saying I went to school in an other area while living with my grandparents. It just wasn't so, she said. Strangely, myself and my first cousins all went to school together, and we all remember it. It's not just a "shared memory." It was reality. My mother did all she could to make sure that I never met my real father who would be well over 100 years old today. Keep in mind that the Internet as we know it today did not exist when I started my search. Anything I would find today most likely could not be verified through living persons who also remember.

This is not true in your case, however. I would check with the Mormons and search the LDS records. A person does not have to be a Mormon to be in these records as we all come from all over, and may or may not convert in our lifetimes. Mormons have such records because family is everything to them. They believe that we will be family after death just like we are now.

Good luck.



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