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Dear Ms. Van Syckle,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York,6/16/1897 - 7/3/1957 (T715) ; and Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts in the Northern District of Illinois, and District 9, 1934-1950 (M1285) in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that may include Fred Seegardel who arrived in the United States in 1927. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also located a photograph regarding Fred Seegardel at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library (LP-JFK) For more information about this photograph, please contact LP-JFK at Kennedy.Library@nara.gov.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and LP-JFK. We apologize for any inconvenience.
For information about him while in Germany, we suggest you contact the National Archives of Germany. Their web site is Bundesarchiv Internet - Home Bundesarchiv - Website. We also suggest that you search Germany Online Genealogy Records for more information and/or resources.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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