I’m trying to trace my family. At this point, I have found out my great grandfather was the 1st to enter the country. His name was William Koch. I’m not sure if that is the Americanized version. He was born in March 1830 in Westphalia Prussia. He entered the U.S. in 1854. He lived in Algoma, WI and died February 1,1910. I cannot find his passenger record or anything before coming here.

Can you five me advice on how to proceed?

I have no family to ask as they have all died or were estranged before I was born.

  • William probably comes from Willem.
    – J.J.D.
    Jul 26, 2020 at 3:30
  • See familysearch.org/search/record/… for several candidates. In particular, familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:27RH-162 is a possible candidate.
    – J.J.D.
    Jul 26, 2020 at 19:49
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    Willem is more the Netherlands or Frisian version of William. The German one is Wilhelm.
    – nebulon42
    Jul 28, 2020 at 19:00
  • Nevertheless, I also think the "possible candidate" might be a possible candidate. No idea where Wahlhosen is though. Probably misspelled.
    – nebulon42
    Jul 28, 2020 at 19:08
  • There are (at least) two Wahlhausen [phonetically close], they might be the 'Wahlhosen'...
    – J.J.D.
    Jul 29, 2020 at 13:27


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