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Rebecca Recalls Her Roots
September 13, 2000



Me, my brother, and his family
Ever had a day when nothing went your way? Agnes Rogers had one right before she left for America. It was April of 1912. She was six months pregnant and loaded down with suitcases. She was traveling from Lithuania to her new home in the United States. To get there first she had to get to England. Then she had to take a train to Queenstown port. Once there, she was supposed to get on a ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. From start to finish it was going to be one long journey. But she was excited about starting a new life in the United States.

She was especially excited the ship she was going to take. It was "the biggest ship of her day" and was supposed to be "unsinkable."

She made her way to England and was on the train, when suddenly, the train came to a complete stop. The engine had broken down! By the time it was fixed and they got to the port, the ship had already departed. Agnes was very upset. She was all alone in a strange new city with no way to cross the Atlantic Ocean to America. But she soon learned that luck had been on her side. A few days later she read in the newspapers that the boat she was supposed to be on sank! That boat was called the RMS Titanic!

Agnes Rogers was my great grandmother. Imagine what would have happened if she had made it to the port in time to board the Titanic? I doubt I would be here right now. Needless to say, I am grateful that her train broke down.

Her amazing story has been passed down from generation to generation. Having a family connection to the Titanic makes this piece of history come alive. It isn't just something I read about in a history book or even see in the movies. It is a part of my family, and therefore a part of me.

But I am not the only one with a piece of history living in my family. Every one of you does too. But to uncover this history you have to start digging around in the past and asking grandparents or other older relatives about their lives. You might be amazed by what you find out.


Please email me at: rebecca@ustrek.org


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