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This outline introduces the principles, search strategies, and various record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's original hometown. These principles can be applied to almost any country. If you are just beginning your research, you may need additional information about genealogical records and search strategies.  
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This set of Wiki pages introduces the principles, search strategies, and various record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's original hometown. These principles can be applied to almost any country. If you are just beginning your research, you may need additional information about genealogical records and search strategies.  
  
 
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. Learning about your family's history and experiences can be a source of enjoyment and education for you and your family.  
 
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. Learning about your family's history and experiences can be a source of enjoyment and education for you and your family.  
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Tracing immigrant origins can be one of the hardest parts of family history research. Even if you know which country your family came from, it can still be hard to identify a specific hometown or birthplace.  
 
Tracing immigrant origins can be one of the hardest parts of family history research. Even if you know which country your family came from, it can still be hard to identify a specific hometown or birthplace.  
  
== '''Using This Portal'''  ==
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See ''[https://www.familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/coming-to-america-finding-your-immigrant-ancestors/74 Coming to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors]'' in the FamilySearch Learning Center.
  
This portal is a reference tool. It has several features to help you learn about sources and strategies to find an immigrant's hometown.  
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'''Using This Set of Wiki Pages''' 
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This set of Wiki pages is a reference tool. It has several features to help you learn about sources and strategies to find an immigrant's hometown.  
  
 
=== '''''Arrangement'''''  ===
 
=== '''''Arrangement'''''  ===
  
This portal is divided into three main parts. You may use these parts separately or together. “Part 1. Search Strategies” describes the five basic steps you can use to find an immigrant's place of origin. “Part 2. Country of Arrival” describes tactics and record types for records created in the immigrant's new country. “Part 3. Country of Origin” describes the tactics and record types from his or her homeland.  
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This set of Wiki pages is divided into three main parts. You may use these parts separately or together. “[[Tracing Immigrants Search Strategies|Part 1. Search Strategies]]” describes the five basic steps you can use to find an immigrant's place of origin. “[[Tracing Immigrants Country of Arrival Records|Part 2. Country of Arrival]]” describes tactics and record types for records created in the immigrant's new country. “[[Tracing Immigrants Country of Origin Records|Part 3. Country of Origin]]” describes the tactics and record types from his or her homeland.  
  
 
=== '''''Records Selection Tables'''''  ===
 
=== '''''Records Selection Tables'''''  ===
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=== '''''Research Sequence'''''  ===
 
=== '''''Research Sequence'''''  ===
  
The best approach is usually to start searching records created in the immigrant's new country, especially if you know little about the immigrant. For a few countries, it is easier to use country-of-origin records. This portal usually identifies such countries. To verify information found in country-of-arrival records, use country-of-origin records.  
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The best approach is usually to start searching records created in the immigrant's new country, especially if you know little about the immigrant. For a few countries, it is easier to use country-of-origin records. This set of Wiki pages usually identifies such countries. To verify information found in country-of-arrival records, use country-of-origin records.  
  
=== '''''Other Research Portals and Outlines'''''  ===
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=== '''''Other Sets of Wiki Pages'''''  ===
  
This research portal is most helpful when used with other available FamilySearchWiki portals and research outlines. These portals and outlines tell you what information is in each record type and the availability of records for specific countries. State and provincial portals and outlines can also help. Research outlines are available at family history centers or the Family History Library.
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This set of research pages is most helpful when used with other available FamilySearch Wiki pages. These Wiki pages tell you what information is in each record type and the availability of records for specific countries. State and provincial pages can also help.  
  
 
== '''Family History Library Catalog'''  ==
 
== '''Family History Library Catalog'''  ==
  
The [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHL/frameset_library.asp Family History Library] has most of the records mentioned in this outline. The key to finding a record in the Family History Library's collection is the Family History Library Catalog. The catalog describes the library's records and provides the call numbers. The Family History Library Catalog is also available [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp on the Internet] and at each [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Center]. At the library and at most centers you can also search the catalog on computer.  
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The[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_History_Library Family History Library] has most of the records mentioned in this set of Wiki pages. The key to finding a record in the Family History Library's collection is the [[Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]]. The catalog describes the library's records and provides the call numbers. The Family History Library Catalog is also available[https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Family_History_Library on the Internet] and at each [https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Category:Family_History_Centers Family History Center. ]At the library and at most centers you can also search the catalog on computer. [[Image:FHL Catalog Search Buttons.png|thumb|right|506px]]
  
 
The Family History Library Catalog has eight major searches:  
 
The Family History Library Catalog has eight major searches:  
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0 Place Search]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog Place Search ]<br>
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=surnamesearch&columns=*,0,0 Surname Search]<br>  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=keywordsearch&columns=*,0,0 Keyword Search]<br>  
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=surname Surname Search ]<br>
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlesearch&columns=*,0,0 Title Search]  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=generalfilmsearch&columns=*,0,0 Film/Fiche Search]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=keywords Keyword Search ]<br>
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=generalauthorsearch&columns=*,0,0 Author Search]  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=generalsubjectsearch&columns=*,0,0 Subject Search]  
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=title Title Search ]<br>
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=generalcallnosearch&columns=*,0,0 Call number Search]<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=film_number Film/Fiche Search ]<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=author Author Search ]<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=subject Subject Search ]<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=call_number Call number Search ]<br>
  
 
To find the call numbers of the records described in this outline, you will most often use the Place Search. ''The paragraph headings in this outline'' that describe types of records, such as “Church Records,” are the ''same as the topics found in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog''.  
 
To find the call numbers of the records described in this outline, you will most often use the Place Search. ''The paragraph headings in this outline'' that describe types of records, such as “Church Records,” are the ''same as the topics found in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog''.  
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*The '''''place''''' where your ancestor lived, such as—
 
*The '''''place''''' where your ancestor lived, such as—
  
'''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;UNITED STATES'''''<br> '''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;OHIO''''' <br> '''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;OHIO, HAMILTON''''' <br> '''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;OHIO, HAMILTON, CINCINNATI''''' <br>  
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:'''''UNITED STATES'''''<br>
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:'''''OHIO''''' <br>
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:'''''OHIO, HAMILTON''''' <br>
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:'''''OHIO, HAMILTON, CINCINNATI''''' <br>
  
 
*The '''''record type''''' you want to search, such as—
 
*The '''''record type''''' you want to search, such as—
  
'''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''''UNITED STATES - '''''CENSUS''''' <br> '''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''''OHIO - '''''GENEALOGY''''' <br> '''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''''OHIO, HAMILTON - '''''NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP''''' <br> '''''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;'''''OHIO, HAMILTON, CINCINNATI - '''''CHURCH RECORDS'''''
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:UNITED STATES - '''''CENSUS''''' <br>
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:OHIO - '''''GENEALOGY''''' <br>
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:OHIO, HAMILTON - '''''NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP''''' <br>
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:OHIO, HAMILTON, CINCINNATI - '''''CHURCH RECORDS'''''
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[[Category:Tracing_Immigrant_Origins]]

Revision as of 03:02, 9 March 2012

This set of Wiki pages introduces the principles, search strategies, and various record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's original hometown. These principles can be applied to almost any country. If you are just beginning your research, you may need additional information about genealogical records and search strategies.

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. Learning about your family's history and experiences can be a source of enjoyment and education for you and your family.

Tracing immigrant origins can be one of the hardest parts of family history research. Even if you know which country your family came from, it can still be hard to identify a specific hometown or birthplace.

See Coming to America: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors in the FamilySearch Learning Center.

Using This Set of Wiki Pages 

This set of Wiki pages is a reference tool. It has several features to help you learn about sources and strategies to find an immigrant's hometown.

Contents

Arrangement

This set of Wiki pages is divided into three main parts. You may use these parts separately or together. “Part 1. Search Strategies” describes the five basic steps you can use to find an immigrant's place of origin. “Part 2. Country of Arrival” describes tactics and record types for records created in the immigrant's new country. “Part 3. Country of Origin” describes the tactics and record types from his or her homeland.

Records Selection Tables

Both part two (Country-of-Arrival) and part three (Country-of-Origin) have a “Records Selection Table.” These tables can help you choose the record type that might contain the information you need. The search tactics are listed in an order that best helps you if you know little about the immigrant. Select the tactic(s) and record type(s) that best fit what you already know.

Research Sequence

The best approach is usually to start searching records created in the immigrant's new country, especially if you know little about the immigrant. For a few countries, it is easier to use country-of-origin records. This set of Wiki pages usually identifies such countries. To verify information found in country-of-arrival records, use country-of-origin records.

Other Sets of Wiki Pages

This set of research pages is most helpful when used with other available FamilySearch Wiki pages. These Wiki pages tell you what information is in each record type and the availability of records for specific countries. State and provincial pages can also help.

Family History Library Catalog

TheFamily History Library has most of the records mentioned in this set of Wiki pages. The key to finding a record in the Family History Library's collection is the Family History Library Catalog. The catalog describes the library's records and provides the call numbers. The Family History Library Catalog is also availableon the Internet and at each Family History Center. At the library and at most centers you can also search the catalog on computer.
FHL Catalog Search Buttons.png

The Family History Library Catalog has eight major searches:

To find the call numbers of the records described in this outline, you will most often use the Place Search. The paragraph headings in this outline that describe types of records, such as “Church Records,” are the same as the topics found in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog.

Catalog entries are generally written in the same language as the records they describe. However, the description also includes a brief English summary of the contents.

The Place Search lists records by area. Records relating to an entire country, such as passenger lists, are listed under the country name. Most records are listed under the specific place. For example, in the Place Search look for—

  • The place where your ancestor lived, such as—
UNITED STATES
OHIO
OHIO, HAMILTON
OHIO, HAMILTON, CINCINNATI
  • The record type you want to search, such as—
UNITED STATES - CENSUS
OHIO - GENEALOGY
OHIO, HAMILTON - NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP
OHIO, HAMILTON, CINCINNATI - CHURCH RECORDS