Helping Everyone Find US Immigrant Ancestors
Below is a list of societies participating in the US Immigration and Naturalization Community Project. Local experts, many who are active members of historical and genealogical societies, help ensure that the index is as accurate as possible. If your society has not joined, ask an officer or board member of your society to sign your society up by sending an email to email@example.com.
The more societies and society members that we can get on board, the sooner we will have a free searchable index to this invaluable resource. Working together, we’ll create an accurate, searchable, and free online index for all to share.
The US Immigration and Naturalization Community Project provides opportunities for your society and a method for delivering several benefits:
- A way to engage volunteers and lend purpose to your society.
- The creation of a quality index for the areas your members care most about for future generations.
- Affiliation with a volunteer effort that provides free access to important historical records.
- Increased visibility for your society.
- More records from this collection will be available to members of your society more quickly.
The US Immigration and Naturalization Community Project needs volunteers from genealogical and historical societies to provide essential support to create a free searchable index of passenger lists, naturalization records, passport applications, and more. Societies and individuals can provide expert help to transcribe records from the states or port cities where they live or in which they have interest. The effort will create an accurate, searchable index while at the same time generating excitement for society and volunteer activities.
Send an email message to the indexing team to learn how to sign up your society.
See the Society FAQ for answers to common questions about creating or joining a group.
Get started now in 3 easy steps:
- Download and install the FamilySearch indexing software. A video tutorial will show you how.
- Create a FamilySearch account. A video tutorial will show you how.
- Associate yourself with a Group (Society). Please be sure to associate yourself with a group (your society) when you first login. A video tutorial is available to assist you.
Communicating with your society members frequently and through different methods will be most effective in enrolling them in the US Immigration and Naturalization Project. Consider using the following downloadable materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can we work on a project of our choice?
FamilySearch indexing currently has more than 100 indexing projects you and your members can choose from. [Additionally, as a leading organization, you can adopt one of those projects for branding recognition or work with FamilySearch to identify a unique project to sponsor from among a list of upcoming projects. You can also influence the priority of projects on our list to get a project you want to sponsor launched more quickly.]
How big is this project and how does it compare with the 1940 Census?
The current scope of this initiative includes about 500 million records, which is about four times as large as the 1940 US Census.
How do I change the administrator for our society in FamilySearch indexing? What do I need to do to get started?
You already have your group and can keep communicating the same way you did for the 1940 Census Community Project. US Immigration and Naturalization projects are already available to index through FamilySearch indexing. You can refer society members to the following page to learn more about this project: [URL}. We will also send you an email with additional instructions and links to online resources.
When will we get promotional materials for our society?
Our first priority is to celebrate the success of the 1940 US Census Community Project. New promotional materials, including handouts and posters, will be available to send to your society upon request.
What level of commitment is required?
Any commitment is acceptable. Options include adopting a specific collection, participating for a period of time or even just making your membership aware of the opportunity.