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*[http://www.ahsgr.org/ American Historical Society of Germans from Russia]
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*[http://www.ahsgr.org/ American Historical Society of Germans from Russia]  
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/ BLM-GLO Land Patent Index] Homestead land applications may give immigration data  
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/ BLM-GLO Land Patent Index] homestead land applications may give immigrant data  
 
*[http://www.castlegarden.org/searcher.php Castle Garden Immigration Search]  
 
*[http://www.castlegarden.org/searcher.php Castle Garden Immigration Search]  
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] some military records may give hometown  
 
*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System] some military records may give hometown  
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*[http://www.hias.org/ Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] (mostly NYC and Boston)
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*[http://www.hias.org/ Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society] (mostly NYC and Boston)  
*[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Immigration History Research Center] Minnesota
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*[http://www.ihrc.umn.edu/ Immigration History Research Center] Minnesota  
*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html Library and Archives Canada] immigration searches
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*[http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-908-e.html Library and Archives Canada] immigration searches  
*Stephen P. Morse [http://stevemorse.org/ Castle Garden, Ellis Island + ]
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*[http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/passenger-arrival.html National Archives] immigration searches
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*[http://stevemorse.org/ Stephen P. Morse] Castle Garden, Ellis Island +   
 
*[http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/ Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center]  
 
*[http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/ Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center]  
*U.S. National Archives [http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/immigration/passenger-arrival.html Immigration Records]
 
 
*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=immigration WorldVitalRecords Immigration Records]
 
*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentlisting.aspx?cat=immigration WorldVitalRecords Immigration Records]
  

Revision as of 19:35, 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 . . .
Key Immigration Links

Featured content

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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