Genealogy Immigration/Migration: 30+ Records and resources genealogists use to find immigrant ancestors

Immigrant AncestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

Genealogy is a process, a methodology, for finding our ancestors. There are many tools available, but knowing what to use and when to use the tool makes the biggest difference. The following are records and resources that genealogists find extremely helpful and full of clues to find immigrant ancestors. The information is designed to provide a quick reference and direction of where to find and search for records as probable places to find information.

Research process

  1. Methodology of how to find the origin of your immigrant ancestors
  2. 48 detailed profiles of immigrating peoples to North America
  3. Starting points for further research
  4. Plot the migration patterns of the ethnic groups and ancestors
  5. How to find your ancestors with you hit a “brick wall” and you’re out of clues
  6. Start your search in America
  7. When ready, start your search in the country of origin
  8. Revealing clues to finding the origin of your immigrant ancestors
  9. How to increase your success in finding the ancestor’s maiden name

Records and resources

  1. Using Federal Census records in researching immigrant ancestors
  2. Using death records in researching immigrant ancestors
  3. Using United States naturalization records in researching immigrant ancestors
  4. Using ship’s passenger lists in researching immigrant ancestors
  5. Using passport applications in researching immigrant ancestors
  6. Using probate records in researching immigrant ancestors
  7. Using Social Security applications in researching immigrant ancestors
  8. Using probate records in researching immigrant ancestors
  9. Using Social Security applications in researching immigrant ancestors
  10. Using land grants and transfers in researching immigrant ancestors
  11. Using Social Security Death Index in researching immigrant ancestors
  12. Using land grants and transfers in researching immigrant ancestors
  13. Using Social Security applications in researching immigrant ancestors
  14. Using probate records in researching immigrant ancestors
  15. Using passport applications in researching immigrant ancestors
  16. Using ship’s passenger lists in researching immigrant ancestors
  17. Using military records in researching immigrant ancestors
  18. Using societies in researching immigrant ancestors
  19. Using cemeteries in researching immigrant ancestors
  20. Using obituaries in researching immigrant ancestors
  21. Using immigrant church records in researching immigrant ancestors
  22. Where to find archives for major US religious denominations
  23. Using maps and gazetteers to help find ancestor origins