by Katie Tice
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America)
My 3rd great-grandmother, Magdalena Steffen (1833-1896) was from Haguenau, Departement du Bas-Rin, Alsace, France. She eventually made it to Milwaukee, WI, where she married my 3rd great-grandfather, Wilhelm Sellmann. I think her mother was named Maria, and it's possible she made it to the states through the Louisiana Port of Entry. This is all I know about her, and I was hoping someone might have some information for me or, at the very least, point me in the direction of someone who can help. All of her census and other records indicate she states her country of origin as "France," so it's possible that, while she had a German name and probably spoke the language, she identified as French. Any help would be greatly appreciated!