finding your roots

Gold Rush

Kathleen Ritchie May 23, 2012

My mother’s grandfather was ROLAND PETERS. He had a hotel in Cleveland, OH and he went west in search of gold. He ended up in Goldfield,Nv. He sounded like such an interesting person. His heritage is Swiss(Bern) and mother’s name was Alfollter. How do I begin to find out his story. I don’t have pictures, but I will ask my cousin and Mom for some.
I have enjoyed your program and it has spurred me on to find ROLAND PETERS story.

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  • GARTH TUTTLE

    May 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Sometimes, the “odd” minor is mentioned in books, especialy ones written at the time. There are also historical societies, and, if he lived there long enough, maybe city/town directories. The Bancroft library @ U.C. Berkeley, hte Sutro Library @ Cal State SF snd some libraries (SF main, Oakland main, et c. ) have historical documents and older publications. Also, museums in Ca. and matbe Nevada have generla imfo on the gold rush, which would give you a good idea of what life was like, then.

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