What is her name and if you know, the names of her parents?
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Dear Ms. Christiansen,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information on the immigration of your grandmother. The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. See NARA’s 1940 Census Records web page for more information. Also, the 1940 U.S. Federal Census is available online for free through FamilySearch and Ancestry. For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We suggest that you review these Genealogy: Passenger Arrival List Research Tips for advice on how to locate immigration information for your grandmother. There are numerous ways that individuals could enter the United States from Italy such as via a ship to a larger number of coastal ports or over land from Canada, etc. Many of the passenger lists have been digitized and are name-searchable online at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, you may wish to contact your local library. Many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for patrons.
We also suggest that you check the immigration data available on NARA’s Access to Archival Databases List of Series - Genealogy/ Personal History: Passenger Lists. In addition, the NARA’s Immigration Records web page as well as the FamilySearch Research wiki for Italy Emigration and Immigration Genealogy may be helpful.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!