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Ocean Travel Correspondence

The GG Archives has a number of letters written by passengers on ocean liners from the late 1800s through the 1920s. Digitizing handwritten letters is a very time-consuming task.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact us a [email protected] and please title your message "volunteer transcriber."

J. W. Bailey Correspondence, RMS Saxonia, 7 March 1907, Page 1 of 3.

J. W. Bailey Letter - RMS Saxonia - 1903

This letter, although brief recorded one of the roughest transatlantic voyages by the Saxonia from Liverpool to Boston. The newspaper clipping from a Boston newspaper was typical of the day as they announced notable passengers and spoke of the death of a passenger in Steerage during the voyage (7 March 1903) - a young girl from Sweden who was buried at sea.


Isaac and Mary Hardy on their Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1902.

The Isaac Hardy Letters - RMS Carpathia - 1904

Between 28 June - 8 July 1904, Issac Hardy (1833-1905) and Mary Slack (1833-1910) sailed aboard the RMS Carpathia from Liverpool to New York. This was (at least) their 7th Trans-Atlantic voyage as they previously sailed on ships such as RMS Campania and RMS Lucania.


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The Folks Behind the GG Archives

The GG Archives is the work and passion of two people, Paul Gjenvick, a professional archivist, and Evelyne Gjenvick, a curator. Paul earned a Masters of Archival Studies - a terminal degree from Clayton State University in Georgia, where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses. Our research into the RMS Laconia and SS Bergensfjord, the ships that brought two members of the Gjønvik family from Norway to the United States in the early 20th century, has helped us design our site for other genealogists. The extent of original materials at the GG Archives can be very beneficial when researching your family's migration from Europe.