This talk from the National Archives podcast series will explain the reasons behind the emigration of some 16 million people from the United Kingdom since the 17th century.
Our plans to sell up and emigrate to America had not been altogether straight forward. We had at first arranged to sail for the States in June 1924, but we were told we were over the quota and were given no indication at what future date we might leave. After several hectic trips to the American Embassy in Bristol we got a cancellation and so were able to finally embark on the RMS. Aquitania with our two-year-old son Jim on 6th November 1924.
Grace Swift wrote a journal of her families emigration from Single Hill, Somerset, England to the United States and their subsequent lives there. The hand written journal covers the first half of the 20th century. What follows is my transcription of that journal.
John Swift and his wife Grace Plummer spent all of their married life in the Somerset village of Single Hill in the parish of Wellow. The descendants of John & Grace and their 17 known children were not however to be confined to this small corner of England. The availability of the Ellis Island records from 1892 to 1924 on-line and family journals has allowed us to document the travels of some of them back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean during the era of the great transatlantic liners. One of the most surprising things to arise from the research is the number of journeys made by these descendants in both directions.