My great grandmother Petronella Elizabeth Michael came with her parents and older siblings to the United States from Holland (her death certificate says Hoagland, Holland). She arrived in 1847 according to census reports, which agrees with the stories she told her granddaughters. The family stayed for a while in New York City to learn English before they moved to Illinois. The family ended up in St. Louis (her father and 2 sisters appear there in the 1870 census). Petje (her Dutch nickname — may be mispelled) and her sisters seem to have lived in the polder area of Holland (she told the girls about a canal level with the second story window of her Dutch home). She seems to appear on two family trees on ancestry.com — but as of now I don't have access to ancestry.
I cannot seem to find this family entered on any of the ships that arrived in NYC in 1947. I've tried to follow the steps listed here, but I'm doing something wrong OR something else is wrong!
Can anyone help?