Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

29/3/2007

Ports of Departure

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“Thanks to popular publications known as “emigrant guides”, Europeans learned about the passage and opportunities in the United States and Canada before leaving their homes in Europe. Emigrant guides were written by individuals who had made the journey from Europe to America and were published in mono- or bi-lingual editions.

Monolingual guides presented the information about the crossing and life in America in the language of the target audience. Bilingual guides presented the information in the language of the target audience on one page with the same information translated into English on the opposite page. In addition to providing practical information about the crossing and life in America, the bilingual guide also served as an introduction to the English language”.

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