I'm posting with the hope that someone might be able to help me with a giant, infuriating brick wall in my family history. I have an ancestor named Charles Lami, and no matter how many times I run at this roadblock, I can't seem to find any records of him in Alsace-Lorraine. This is by far the most frustrating experience I've had in tracing my family history, and I hope that someone with knowledge of the region, the language, and French/German immigration and records can help.
Here's the rundown:
b. 20 August 1851 in Alsace
d. ~1920 in Sharon, Walworth, Wisconsin
m. Sophia Klein, ~1877.
Maud E. Lami
John A. Lami
Charles F. Lami
Catherine Louisa Lami
Peter Henry Lami
Leonie B. Lami
Herbert J. Lami
Immigration: I believe he arrived in New York City on 8 June 1881, with his departure listed from Le Havre, France. His place of origin, however, is listed as Baden. Ship is listed as the Amerique. He is listed as traveling with his wife Sophia, daughter Sophia, and daughter Christine. So there should be some sort of records regarding Sophia and Charles's marriage in either France or Germany.
I have seen the family name spelled numerous ways: Lami, Lamy, Lemm, Lemmy, Lamm. I know that Charles was born in Alsace for several reasons: US census data shows him saying that he was born in France one year, Germany the next, France the next, etc. Other documents have his place of birth listed specifically as Alsace. I could be incorrect, however.
I can provide any other information if anyone wants to help out. Thank you so much!