I'm hoping someone may be able to help with where/when in USA some of my ancestors were born (and died!).
Robert Short, my great-grandfather, according to all records (marriage, death etc) was born in USA in 1871. That is all I have!
His father John Short (1839-1908) and mother Euphemia (née Blyth 1840-?1875) emigrated from Scotland in 1870 along with their children Euphemia (1866-?) and James (1867-?). Robert (my g.grandfather) and his brother John (1874-1941) were born in US. John Short had worked as a miner in Scotland, so my theory is that they emigrated to become part of the growing mining industry in the US.
By 1875, the family was back in Scotland - John Short had married a widow, Helen Harrower (widow of William Sneddon 1838-?1875), that year in Dunipace, Scotland. Interestingly, she has a son from her first marriage also born in the US - William James Sneddon, born approx 1873.
I have found a record of a William Sneddon, with a father William Sneddon and mother Ellen Sneddon, with a baptism 19 Sep 1872, Fall Brook, Tioga, Pennsylvania - First Presbyterian Church. This was a mining community, so could be a link, but I'm not sure - could be a red herring. William J Sneddon is in the scottish census records until 1901. I believe he may then have returned to the US, marrying Annie B Beren (1869-1933) in Chicago in 1933.
I have this grand theory that the Sneddon family and the Short family must have somehow met in the US (or the voyage home at least) and the families combined following the presumed deaths of Euphemia (Blyth) Short and William Sneddon.
I have not found any records to show what happened to Euphemia (Blyth) Short (I assume she died before 1875 in US - possibly in childbirth in 1874???) - or William Sneddon Snr.
I have not found any records of my g.grandfather's birth - or his brother. Were the births necessarily formally recorded in immigrant communities?
Any ideas or suggestions of how to search for this?