The Meyer Family Tree shows the relationships between the letter-writers. The Levy siblings who emigrated to Louisiana - Samuel, Abraham, Hannah and Daniel - shared a step-brother, Joseph Meyer, father to the Meyer siblings who emigrated - Caroline, Emanuel and Henry. Arrival dates are provided (noted Arr:) based on the letters, immigration records held by Louisiana court clerks as well as other sources. Genealogical information was obtained through family records as well as official German archival records as noted in the essay. The letter-writers were Joseph and his wife, Regina; their children, Caroline, Henry, Babette and Karl; and Joseph's step-brother, Abraham Levy. Other letter-writers were relatives and friends. The letters also frequently reference Hannah and Daniel Levy. Interestingly, the collection includes no letters from Emanuel Meyer, a central figure in the family's history in Louisiana.