• Naturalization Records at the National Archives

    Naturalization is the process by which an alien becomes an American citizen. It is a voluntary act; naturalization is not required.   Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state,...
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  • Alien Files (A-Files) at NARA

    What is an A-File? The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) began issuing aliens an Alien Registration number in 1940, and on April 1, 1944, began using this number to create individual case files, called Alie...
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  • Passenger Arrival List Research Tips

    Passenger arrival lists are a wonderful resource for genealogists.  There are a number of useful search tricks and common errors that researchers should keep in mind to ensure success in locating an ancestor. &#...
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  • National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair, October 23, 2019

    October 23, 2019 - Save the date! Seventh Annual Virtual Genealogy Fair Every year, the National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on...
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  • Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers

    1. Begin with yourself. Organize your knowledge. Fill out a five-generation ancestral chart and a family group sheet for each ancestral couple. Organize and study any family papers you have.   2. Talk about you...
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  • National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair - October 24, 2018

    October 24, 2018 - Save the date! Sixth Annual Virtual Genealogy Fair Every year, the National Archives hosts a virtual Genealogy Fair via live webcast on YouTube. The sessions offer family history research tools on F...
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  • NEW DATE! USCIS Immigration Records Webinar, Friday Feb. 5, 2016

    This comes to us from our friends at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services history and genealogy office, and relates to records in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration, and probably ...
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  • The Weather Bureau (RG 27) and Genealogy

    As the National Capital region continues to dig out from two feet (or thereabouts) of snow, it's a good time to reflect on the genealogical uses of Record Group 27, Records of the Weather Bureau.   Our farm fami...
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  • District of Columbia- Using the NARA & other sources for a Neighborhood Genealogy

    Note this only applies to Washington, DC which until Home Rule on December 24, 1973, was a part of the Federal Government. But you can use some of the methods for your own locale.   Neighborhood genealogy. For ...
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  • Scrunching It Down: The World on Microfilm

       The ubiquitous microfilm reel: National Archives facilities nationwide are chock full of 'em!                    ...
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  • Ellis Island Processing: USCIS webinar, Fri. March 25

    Ellis Island Processing:  The Case of Nanny [Fanny] Knowles USCIS History and Genealogy “Your Questions” Webinar Friday March 25, 2016, 1:00 pm Eastern A researcher submitted questions about a passeng...
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  • The Soundex: Boon or Bane?

         On its face, it seems like a good idea: devise a system that consolidates different spellings      of names to facilitate ease of searching.      &#...
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  • NUMIDENT Death Records at the National Archives

    On Thursday March 23 at 2:00pm, John LeGloahec, a staff member from the Electronic Records Division, will offer a Know Your records presentation on "Dead Men (and Women) Sometimes do tell Tales: “Death Records f...
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  • Electronic Records Day!

    October 10 was Electronic Records Day (1010 - data is all made up of zeroes and ones, get it?) and two reference staff members from the Electronic Records Division posted a blog post on the "Pieces of History" blog.&#...
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  • Virtual Genealogical Fair - Wednesday October 25

    On Wednesday October 25, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast.  The entire schedule is available at National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair.  In Session 5, at 2:00pm,...
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  • Immigration and Naturalization Records: Where are they?

    IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION RECORDS Have you been searching for years and wondered where can you find immigration and naturalization records for a family member that came to America? Or you finally found a single ...
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