US Immigration and Naturalization

Helping Everyone Find US Immigrant Ancestors

Getting Started is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Welcome to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Community Project. We're glad you stopped by and hope you enjoy being part of this national service project to preserve and share the records that made the United States who we are today.

Step 1

Download and install the desktop indexing application.

Step 2

Register as an indexing volunteer.

Step 3

Download a "batch" of images to transcribe.

What is Indexing Like?

Indexing is a simple, and engaging, activity. You view an image of the historical record in one pane and enter what you see into a customized, labeled grid in another pane. If you see the name Robert in the image, you type it in the designated cell in the grid. The names, dates, places, and other information you enter will become part of the online search, opening up that record's information in ways that weren't possible before.

Practice Makes Perfect

Download a batch and try it out today. You'll get your system ready and start creating records that will help people just like you make impactful family history connections.