Posted in Archives

United States Naturalization Petitions


From Findmypast . . .

United States Naturalization Petitions contains more than 7.8 million records spanning the years 1905 to 1950. The collection currently covers four states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and allows you to discover when and where your immigrant ancestor was born, how old they were when they first crossed the Atlantic and their port of entry. Images of the original documents may even include a photograph of your ancestor.

Source: United States Naturalization Petitions – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast

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US Passport Applications and Indexes 

From Findmypast . . .

Discover when, where, and why your ancestors traveled with over 800,000 US Passport Application records. Applications may also include a physical description, your ancestor’s occupation, residence, naturalization details, the name of their spouse, date of birth and place of birth. Most applications are one to two pages in length and, from 21 December 1914 onward, photographs of applicants are also included. Photographs can be found on the second page when viewing images of the original document.

Source: US Passport Applications and Indexes – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast

Posted in Research Notes

Genealogy guide: Immigration records

From Findmypast . . .

Almost every American family history begins with the story of an immigrant.

What are the immigrant stories in your family? When did they arrive? Where did they come from? What did they do once they made it to America?

These are some of the most exciting questions for a family historian to explore. Everyone loves to hear the story of your family’s journey to America.

Fortunately, the immigrant journey generated a wealth of records – whether they’re focused on the journey across the Atlantic or the process of becoming an American citizen.

Learn how to track your immigrant ancestor with Findmypast’s Genealogy guide: Immigration records.

Posted in Research Notes

Requesting Records From USCIS

The USCIS Genealogy Program is authorized to make five series of the agency’s historical records available to requesters.  Other agency records may be available from the USCIS Freedom of Information (FOIA) Program, or may have transferred to the National Archives.

Requests are accepted online as well as through the mail. Please read our “Records Frequently Asked Questions” and “Common Errors” section before submitting a request. Answers can also be found in our “Help” section.

Details on Requesting Records at USCIS.

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Immigration Webinars at USCIS

The  US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Historical Research Branch offers several webinars for beginner and advanced researchers. They are an easy and free way to learn about the USCIS history, library, and genealogy programs and services from agency historians, librarians and program representatives. We invite you to view our upcoming schedule below.

Source: Webinars | USCIS