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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
 
Introduction
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
 
Societies
• 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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