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Locating Ancestors in the Old Country

This topic includes 16 classes in the collection on DVD and 213 pages of instruction in the Research Guide. Research experts providing class instruction and written materials include: Arlene H. Eakle, PhD James L. Tanner, JD Holly T. Hansen, BA Ruth E. Maness, AG Marlo E. Schuldt, MS Purchase DVD here: Purchase Printed Research Guide here:    Read More →

Immigrant Ancestor

Searching for Immigrant Ancestors

By James L. Tanner Nearly everyone who pursues his or her genealogical research for some time will encounter the problem of identifying an immigrant ancestor. The natural tendency is for the researcher to begin trying to find the immigrant ancestor in the country of origin. However, researchers will have much more success by beginning their research in the country of arrival. The movement of people across an international border is commonly referred to as international migration. This general term... Read More →

Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.

Stephen P. Morse Presents at Family History Expo in Sacramento May 2-3, 2014

One-step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse is a website that contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Stephen Morse received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He received the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society  here in the U.S., the first ever Excellence... Read More →

Leaving the United States, A Case Study: American Confederates to Brazil

By Gena Philibert Ortega There’s no doubt that the history of the United States of America is one of immigration. We are a great melting pot with people from all walks of life coming to this country, some against their will. But in some cases people have also left this country to settle in another. War can do many things to a person. War and its aftermath, especially in the case where the person was supporting the “wrong side” can cause a person to reconsider their home. This happened... Read More →

Weekly Tip: They Didn’t All Get Here By Ship: Border Crossing Records

By Gena Philibert Ortega When we think of immigration we often start wondering about which port our ancestor used to enter the United States. But not everyone came to America by ship. Some walked or perhaps rode in an automobile over the border from Canada or Mexico. Even though they entered a different way, they still left a paper trail. What kind of information can you find on a border crossing record? In one Mexican Crossing record for a family member, I was able to see which family members... Read More →

Weekly Tip: How to Research Immigrant Ancestors: A Short Bibliography

By Gena Philibert Ortega Books Colletta, John P. They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record. Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 2002. Eakle, Arlene H, and Linda E. Brinkerhoff. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors. Tremonton, UT: Genealogical Institute, 2002. Filby, P W, and Mary K. Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of About 500,000 Passengers Who Came to the United States and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth... Read More →

Weekly Tip: My Ancestor Came Through Ellis Island, I Think….

Ellis Island has become synonymous with immigration. And it’s no wonder, with over 25 million people who entered America through Ellis Island between the years 1892-1924; it is believed that over 40% of Americans can trace their family back to at least one Ellis Island ancestor.* But Ellis Island was not the only port available to ships heading for America. In fact, your ancestor may have come through a number of different ports including New Orleans, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Galveston,... Read More →