Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using United States naturalization records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using United States naturalization records in researching immigrant ancestorstion, Migration-Ancestral Roots-Q-ZBy 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.

Naturalization records document that an individual was granted citizenship in the United States. Naturalization records are a way to locate arrival information for immigrant ancestors. Those issued after 1906 will have other significant genealogical information. Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using societies in researching immigrant ancestors

Using societies 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.

Lineage or Hereditary Societies
A lineage society is an organization whose membership is limited to persons who can prove lineal, documented descent from a qualifying ancestor. Hundreds of these organizations exist in America, such as for descendants of those who fought in the Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using Federal Census records in researching immigrant ancestors

Using Federal Census records 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.

Federal census records provide the building blocks of your research, allowing you to both confirm information and learn more. The following is an outline of the type of information Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using Social Security applications in researching immigrant ancestors

Using Social Security applications in researching immigrant ancestors-Federal, State, and Local Records-Social Security IndexBy 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.

As a result of the Great Depression that began in 1929, destroying the finances of millions of Americans and creating widespread suffering, President Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed for the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935. In that legislation, employers and Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using ship’s passenger lists in researching immigrant ancestors

10-15-2014 8-57-22 AMBy 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.

Your ancestors most likely came to America in a ship. Every ship had a record of its passengers—a passenger list or manifest. There are good chances that you will be able to find these records. The information found on these records varies over time. Below is an outline of information you can find in a ship’s passenger lists from different time periods. Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using passport applications in researching immigrant ancestors

Using passport applications 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.

Since 1789, the Department of State has issued passports to US citizens traveling abroad, and passport records for individuals are available from 1795. Foreign-born applicants were required to provide documented proof of naturalization to secure a passport. For children, the name of the father, his date and place of birth, and Continue reading

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: Using Social Security Death Index in researching immigrant ancestors

Using Social Security Death Index in researching immigrant ancestorsFederal, State, and Local Records-Social Security IndexBy 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.

Immigrants are included in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). Not all names are included in the SSDI, even when there was a Social Security number (SSN). A name Continue reading