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US: Immigration & Naturalization Records
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In this course we discuss how to trace your immigrant ancestors to the United States. This includes the various immigration and naturalization sources, such as passenger arrival lists. Other sources and strategies for documenting immigrants are explored. Historical background about immigration to the United States as it is relevant to genealogy is given.

Course Content

Module 1

Historical Background & General Resources
Historical Background Timeline
A Few Words about Internet Resources
Recommended Reading & Resources

Module 2
Strategies for Researching Immigrants & Their Origins
Type 1: Only the Country of Origin is Known
• Using Family Traditions
• Observing Migration Patterns
• Documenting the Immigrant's Life as a Whole
• Immigration Information in American Censuses
• Researching the Extended Family
• Tracing Associations with Friends & Neighbors
• Tracing the Immigrant Ancestor's Descendants
• Identifying Intermediate Countries of Migration
• Using Foreign Records in Select Cases
• How to Interpret a Country of Origin
Type 2: You Know a County, District or Region of Origin
• More Research Abroad May be Needed
• Researching All Branches of the Family Abroad
• Using County or Region Based Sources & Centers
• Records Usable With a Known County or District
• Inventories of Compiled Genealogies
• Alternate Research in the United States & Abroad
Type 3: Specific Place of Origin (Place Name) is Known
• Pinpointing a Place Name
• Online Sources for Place Names in Particular Countries
• Published Place Name Finding Aids
• Record Sources in the Country of Origin

Module 3
Documenting An Ancestor's Immigration
Passenger Arrival Lists
• The Importance of Passenger Lists
• Colonial Arrival Lists
• Published Colonial Immigrant Lists
• Books on Ships
• Passenger Lists on the Internet
How to Find A Passenger List
• What Is The Immigrant's Most Likely Port of Entry?
• Canadian Passenger Lists

Module 4
Canadian Border Crossing, Passport, Foreign Departure & Emigration Records
Canadian Border Crossing Records
Mexican Border Crossing Records 
• What can you find?
• Who can you find?
• Where can you find the records?
United States Passport Records
• Regular Passport Applications
Foreign Departure & Emigration Records
• General Resources

Module 5
Naturalization Records
British Colonial Naturalization Records
• Colonial Naturalization Law
• Colonial Naturalization Procedures after 1740
• Locating Colonial Naturalization Records
United States Naturalization, 1777-1789
• Oaths of Allegiance
• U.S. Naturalization Law 1790-1906
• Which courts could naturalize?
• Age & Gender
• Post-1906 Immigration Procedure
Types of Naturalization Records
Major Sources for Naturalization Laws, Procedures & Records
• How do you know if your ancestor was naturalized?
• Location of Records
• Indexes to Naturalization Records
• Alien Registrations
• Naturalization Records for Particular States
Naturalization Records Online

Module 6
Ethnic Sources, Societies & Newspapers
Introduction to Ethnic Sources
• Ethnic Immigration Reference Works
• Identifying a Society
• Ethnic Societies
• Ethnic Society Examples
• Irish Ethnic Societies
• Charitable Societies
• Fraternal Societies
Ethnic Newspapers
"Information Wanted" Ads
Immigrant Banks in America

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