Does anyone know anything about the recruitment of immigrants in New York City by coal companies in the 1880's?
My Italian ancestors immigrated between 1879 and 1882, entering the U.S. through New York City. Within months they had settled in Coalburg, Ohio where they worked in mines operated by the Mahoning Coal Company. Coalburg was (and is) a tiny village almost 400 miles west of New York. They can't have simply wandered about and found Coalburg by chance.
I have read that some coal companies had agents in New York who recruited immigrants. Does anyone know if records exist in New York that might list the companies engaged in recruitment?
Thanks in advance for your help.