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Panama Canal Memorial?

 
 
Ceili
 
Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 01:59 pm
According to family history/legend my great grandmother had 11 older brothers who journeyed to Panama to build the Canal. They did not go as a group, but left in pairs or in single file from Ireland. It's said that all 11 died, whilst building the canal, of malaria.
I've been trying to find a list of names of the builders and/or those that died. I'm not sure of the dates they left Ireland as that info was lost in time.
Does anyone know where or if this information is available or even if it was kept and can be viewed? I've been trying to find this info and have run into a brick wall, all help would be appreciated.
Thanks.
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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 05:03 pm
@Ceili,
You've probably already seen this, Ceili. Not much but a start.

http://www.canalmuseum.com/photos/panamacanalphoto050.htm

You're damn lucky that your ggmother wasn't a male.
Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 06:24 pm
@JTT,
Yeah, either way, I wouldn't be here if she had been a he. Wink I hadn't seen this site. Thanks.
I'm curious to find out if they all really died or not, but none of the sites I've visited mentions how many Irish died or toiled there, they mostly just lump them together with the Europeans, kind of ambiguous that. If they do mention the Irish, the contention was that they were all Protestant and I know they weren't that either.
The Canal was finished around the beginning of WW1, so communication probably wasn't the best. Most of the workers were from poor places so I'm not so sure if they bothered keeping a record or not. I'm stumped as to where to go from here...
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 08:02 pm
@Ceili,
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I'm stumped as to where to go from here...



http://www.embassyofpanama.ca/

The Embassy of Panama in Canada

130 Albert Street., Suite 300
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 5G4
Phone: 613 - 236 - 7177
Fax: 613 - 236 - 5775
[email protected]
Consulate of Panama in Vancouver

Head of Consular Post:
Silvia Lasso De Navarro
Consul General

Consulate General of Panama
Canyon Manor
3595 Capilano Road
North Vancouver BC V7R 4H9
Phone: 604.365.7173 604 9983374
[email protected]
Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 08:05 pm
@JTT,
Great Idea. I'll get on that. Hopefully they can give me the answers I'm looking for. Thanks again.
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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 08:12 pm
@Ceili,
Quote:
Yeah, either way, I wouldn't be here if she had been a he.


Too bright for my own good sometimes. Smile
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 08:31 pm
@Ceili,
http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/IRISH-NEW-YORK-CITY/2003-06/1056955992

with a link that leads to

http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/185.html

you might follow up to see if the person asking a similar question ever found a master list



this looks promising

http://www.irlandeses.org/bibliocen.htm

(mmmmmm mebbe not - mostly Irish to Argentina)



Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 08:55 pm
Jesus, according to one of the links, there were so many dead, they started pickling the bodies and then sold them to schools for medical experiments, thus providing more funding...
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Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 09:11 pm
@ehBeth,
Thanks Beth, I`ll investigate further. Sadly, it does look like these people were not recorded or remembered.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 09:12 pm
@Ceili,
Since most of the people who died were apparently Bajan, that may be another route to look for information.
Ceili
 
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Reply Thu 7 Apr, 2011 09:14 pm
@ehBeth,
I have looked through some of their sites. They do have info, but it seems it`s only pertinent to their countrymen. At least the Barbadians seemed to care...
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