Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Methodology of how to find the origin of your immigrant ancestors

Methodology of how to find the origin of your 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.

I remember many years ago when I was a Boy Scout, a member of our troop became lost. The first thing many of us did was rush right out and start looking in the wilderness and calling out his name. We had no record of who had gone where or what—if anything—was found. Any evidence that may have been found was trampled over. When evening came, we built large bonfires, hoping he might see us in the dark. As the morning came, we gathered as a troop and discussed what we remembered and what we knew Continue reading

40+ Genealogy Tutorials for Immigration and Migration Research

Immigration, migrationThe Immigrant Research series is provided as a sampling the resources you will find on MyGenShare.com.  These slideshows are part of the Genealogy Records category featuring an online library designed to help genealogists and family historians learn about records, research skills and processes to advance the joining of generations.

Search suggestions: Once you find the slideshow that you are seeking do one of the following:

  1. Scroll and page to the slideshow.
  2. Copy and place the slideshow title or portion of the title in the blog search field, click search and you will be directed to slideshow.
  3. Click on the listing and your will be taken to the slideshow.

A listing of the available video in this series is as follows:

  1. Immigration and migration #1: Immigration and Migration – America – People on the Move
  2. Immigration and migration #2: Immigration and Migration – Step 1 – How to Find the Origin of Your Immigrant Ancestors
  3. Immigration and migration #3: Immigration and Migration – Step 2 – How to Find the Origin of Your Immigrant Ancestors
  4. Immigration and migration #4: Immigration and Migration – Step 2 – Example of Scot – Irish Immigration
  5. Immigration and migration #5: Immigration and Migration – Step 3 – How to Find the Origin of Your Immigrant Ancestors Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Forced Migrations

Forced MigrationsBy Barry J. Ewell

Immigration/Migration patterns for the Genealogists: Think like a historian
One of the most important considerations in finding our ancestor is immigration research. Immigration/migration patterns reveal clues to finding the origin of your immigrant ancestors.

Look at immigration from a historian’s point of view and not from the genealogical point of view.  Your trying to understand what you ancestors did and why.  As a genealogist, you wonder why your ancestors migrated. You look for clues that might direct you to the birthplace in country of origin. As genealogists the first thing we do is start searching through deeds, wills, bible records, and other such documents.  Documents can tell you Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: On the move—Life on wagon trains

Covered Conestoga WagonBy Barry J. Ewell

Immigration/Migration patterns for the Genealogists: Think like a historian
One of the most important considerations in finding our ancestor is immigration research. Immigration/migration patterns reveal clues to finding the origin of your immigrant ancestors.

Look at immigration from a historian’s point of view and not from the genealogical point of view.  Your trying to understand what you ancestors did and why.  As a genealogist, you wonder why your ancestors migrated. You look for clues that might direct you to the birthplace in country of origin. As genealogists the first thing we do is start searching Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using land grants and transfers in researching immigrant ancestors

Using land grants and transfers in researching immigrant ancestorsBy Barry J. Ewell

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.

Land records are not a great source for learning the origins of immigrants. While they are often used in other aspects of genealogy research, they seldom mention an immigrant’s Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using death records in researching immigrant ancestors

By Barry J. Ewell

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.

Death certificates are among the first official records that can provide an exact place and date of death, as well as additional genealogical details, such as the date and place of birth, name of father, maiden name of mother, name of spouse, social security number, Continue reading

Genealogy: Certificates of Naturalization and where to find Immigration records

Certificates of Naturalization and where to find Immigration recordsBy Barry J. Ewell

Most certificates of naturalization contain only the name of the individual, the name of the court, and the date of issue. Certificates were issued to naturalized citizens upon completion of all citizenship requirements. The Certificate of Naturalization includes name, address, birthplace or nationality, country from which they emigrated, birth date or age, Continue reading