I still remember the feeling when I finally found my great-grandparents’ immigration recorded on a ship’s passenger list—and I remember how long and difficult that genealogy search was. (I recapped it for blog readers here.)
If you’re having trouble finding an ancestor’s immigration record, or you want to start looking, check out our Sept. 26 Online Immigration Records webinar with genealogy expert Lisa A. Alzo. You’ll learn:
- How to find out when your ancestors immigrated.
Finding my great-grandfather’s 1942 naturalization record, which provided his birth name, port of entry, and immigration date, broke open my search. (It turned out his memory of when he and my great-grandmother arrived was off by about a month, but that’s not bad for 40 years later.)
- How to use websites and online tools, such as Ancestry.com, Morse’s One-Step web pages and the Elis Island and Castle Garden databases, to aid your search.
Using Stephen Morse’s one-step search tool for Ellis Island immigration records to search records a month at a time helped me overcome indexing problems and my great-grandparents’ fibs about their ages, which had made the record hard to find in previous online searches.
- Where to find records from major US ports of immigration
- Where to find sources for early immigration
Everyone who registers for the live Online Immigration Records webinar will receive a PDf of the presentation slides, plus access to view the recorded webinar as often as desired.
The Online Immigration Records webinar is Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. ET. Good news! You can save $10 on your webinar registration by signing up before Sept. 19.