Tracing Immigrant Origins

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*Up to 90 percent of [[Ireland|Irish]] and [[Greece|Greek]] immigrants [http://www.americanheritage.com/blog/20065_3_198.shtml went back home] from America.
 
*Up to 90 percent of [[Ireland|Irish]] and [[Greece|Greek]] immigrants [http://www.americanheritage.com/blog/20065_3_198.shtml went back home] from America.
  
=== External links ===
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=== Related Sites ===
  
To get started searching for your immigrant ancestors try:  
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*[http://www.ahsgr.org/ American Historical Society of Germans from Russia]
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/ BLM-GLO Land Patent Index] Homestead land applications may give immigration data
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*[http://www.castlegarden.org/searcher.php Castle Garden Immigration Search]
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] some military records may give hometown
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*[http://www.ellisisland.org/ Ellis Island Record Search]
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx?cat=40 Ancestry.com] ($) passengers, naturalizations, convicts, passports, border crossings, ship images, crew lists, colonists, and aliens
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*[http://www.francogene.com/qc-ress/index.php FrancoGen] links to early French Canadian immigration sources
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*[http://www.hias.org/ Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] (mostly NYC and Boston)
*'''''Family History Library Catalog [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=surnamesearch&columns=*,0,0 Surname Search].''''' Search using just the family’s surname. This searches the world’s largest genealogical library for works with this family name as a main subject.
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*[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Immigration History Research Center] Minnesota
*[http://worldcat.org/advancedsearch '''''WorldCatalog Advanced Search''''']. In the '''''Subject''''' field enter the surname and “family” like this, '''Greenwell family'''. This searches the catalogs and displays the results from thousands of North American libraries at once.
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*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html Library and Archives Canada] immigration searches
*'''''Periodical Source Index (PERSI)''''' [http://persi.heritagequestonline.com/hqoweb/library/do/persi/search/people '''''People Search'''''] for a family name in over a million article titles in genealogical periodicals.
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*Stephen P. Morse [http://stevemorse.org/ Castle Garden, Ellis Island + ]  
*[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Immigration History Research Center] at the University of Minnesota has a large collection of ethnic newspapers. It also has fraternal society membership and insurance records.
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*[http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/ Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center]  
*'''[http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/ Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center]'''
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*U.S. National Archives [http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/passenger-arrival.html Immigration Records]
*Homestead applications in the United States often reveal immigration status. Homestead and other land transfers are indexed in the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/ BLM-GLO Land Patent Index].  
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=immigration WorldVitalRecords Immigration Records]
*Service records document a soldier's involvement in the military. For an online service record index see [http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System].  
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*[http://www.ahsgr.org/ American Historical Society of Germans from Russia]  
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*[http://www.hias.org/ Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] assisted Jewish people. <br>
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=== '''Things you can do'''  ===
 
=== '''Things you can do'''  ===

Revision as of 19:29, 2 August 2009

Part 1 of 3
Introduction
Search Strategies
Part 2 of 3
Country of Arrival
Search Tactics
Record Selection Table
Record Types
Part 3 of 3
Country of Origin
Search Tactics
Record Selection Table
Record Types

For Further Reading

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Immigrants came by ship, by rail, in wagons, and on foot.
Value. These Wiki pages introduce the principles, search strategies, and record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's original hometown. These principles apply to almost any country. Finding an immigrant ancestor's place of origin is the key to finding earlier generations of the family. It provides access to many family history resources in that home area. Once you know a former place of residence or a birthplace, you may be able to add more generations to your pedigree. Read more of the Introduction . . .

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Key Immigration Links

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Country of Arrival Obituaries. Obituaries are an excellent source of biographical information about immigrants. In addition to names and death dates, you can learn about surviving family members, church affiliations, spouses, parents, occupations, burial places, and hometowns in the old country. Even if a place of origin is not given, an obituary may provide additional research clues, such as the date or ship of immigration or traveling companions. Much of this information cannot be found in other sources. For many immigrants, an obituary is the only “biographical sketch” ever written about them.

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