Hi Laurel, I have made some progress finding UNLAND'S since I spoke with you.My UNLANDS like yours are Roman Catholic. My 3rd GrGrandfather was Johan Heinrich UNLAND br 1827,immigrated 1854, who came to the USA from Bockholt Germany his brother Bernard br 1829, imigrated 1855,also came to USA their parents were Johann Gerhard Unland and Johanna Gertrude Buedding.Also have other siblings. Does any of this sound fimilar? Holy Trinity Catholic Church was my family church. We need to compare notes we are related I just don't know how yet :-)) Looking forward to hearing from you again. I have also made the Buedding connection with Hans BUEDDING in Germany if we are related as I think we are this would probably be your connection too. Please contact me a firstname.lastname@example.org I have census records, marriage records, death records etc.I will share with you. I need some dates to help us make the connection. :-))
All the other Unland research,I've done, particularly the families that bypassed St. Louis and settled in Beardstown, Illinois, and then moved on West ... to Oregon. I have my doubts that branch of Unlands is mine, we have only names in common.
It seems our earlier generation Unland familiesdid not travel far from St. Louis.And, why should they?In their growing up years here, in the mid-19th Century, St. Louis was the biggest city in the West.The 1870 census showed it to be the third largest city in America ... behind New York and Philadelphia ... with a population of some 370,000!To our ancestors, they probably glowed with pride of being residents of a city that was on the "cutting edge" of America's westward development. Sincerely, Betty Nelson North Carolina