Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records

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Almost no other book covering this crucial area makes this a must-have for DIY genealogists!

This volume, now in its third edition, in Cold Spring Press's "Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy" series gets to the heart of what genealogical research is for most Americans: hitting the shores of the Atlantic Ocean looking east to the UK, Ireland, and Europe as they begin their search for their ancestors. Largely a nation populated by European immigrants from the 17th through early ...

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Overview

Almost no other book covering this crucial area makes this a must-have for DIY genealogists!

This volume, now in its third edition, in Cold Spring Press's "Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy" series gets to the heart of what genealogical research is for most Americans: hitting the shores of the Atlantic Ocean looking east to the UK, Ireland, and Europe as they begin their search for their ancestors. Largely a nation populated by European immigrants from the 17th through early 20th centuries, immigration and naturalization records is often just the source needed to locate important genealogical information. "Mastering Immigration & Naturalization Records" covers the following topics: — What are Immigration Records?; — What is the genealogical value of Immigration Records?; — Where do I find Immigration Records?; — How to locate Naturalization Records; — Genealogical value of naturalization records.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781593601980
  • Publisher: Cold Spring Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2014
  • Pages: 144

Meet the Author

W. Daniel Quillen is the author of "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors" and "The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy," as well as the series of six popular genealogy primers in the series Quillen's Essentials of Genealogy.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 9

2 The Basics 12

U.S. records first 13

What's in a name? 15

Know your history 15

Be flexible 16

Ethnic gatherings 17

Religion 18

Immigration records 18

Naturalization records 19

3 A Little History 21

4 Immigration Records 28

Passenger lists 28

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) 43

Border-Crossing records 48

United States Customs Passenger Lists 50

FamilySearch.org and the LDS Church 51

Immigrant Servants Database 51

Old Newspapers 53

Genealogy Societies 57

Ethnic Societies 57

Family Histories 58

Local Histories 60

Funeral Home Records 61

Voter Registration Records 62

5 Naturalization Records 64

Questions 64

Declaration of Intent 67

Petition for Naturalization 68

Oath of Allegiance 69

Certificate of Arrival 69

Case Study 70

Visa Applications 84

Immigration and Naturalization Service 86

Certificate Files 87

Alien Registration Files 89

Visa Files 91

Registry Files 92

Genealogy Societies 94

Voter Registration Records 96

6 Other Records 99

Death certificates 99

Alien Enemy Registration records 100

World War I 101

World War II 106

Passport Records 107

7 Finding Records 113

Googling 115

Where to find Passenger Lists 116

Where to find Naturalization Records 119

Where to find Alien Enemy Registration Records 121

8 A Small Case Study 122

Helping a Reader 122

9 Glossary of Terms 128

Index 135

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