"My maternal grandfather was John Humphrey Collins, b. 20-Jul-1895 in Tooreen, Caheragh, in Skibbereen area.
His mother was Margaret McCarthy, which I have been told is Sowney (Samhna). This would not surprise me, as the Sowneys were known for their…"
The starting point for documenting the voyages of your immigrant ancestors –and many native-born ancestors- should be the official customs lists and the later immigration manifests required by the U.S. government as of 1820.
"My Anderson's came from Christiana (Oslo) Norway in 1904 through Ellis Island to St. Paul, Minnesota. My ggfather was Sigurd Anderson married to Karen and they had 5 children, Sigrid (oldest & my gmother, b.1902), Ralph, Hjardis, Edith and…"