Free webinar to discuss Immigration Bureau and World War I

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service will present a free webinar, “The Bureaus of Immigration and Naturalization and the Great War” on Thursday, April 27 at 1 p.m.

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I. The Bureaus of Immigration and Naturalization, USCIS’s institutional precursors, supported the American war effort in many ways. For example, on the very night the U.S. declared war, immigration officers moved quickly to remove and detain German officers and crewmen from German ships in U.S. ports. During the war and well after the armistice, the Bureau of Naturalization worked to make immigrant soldiers and sailors into U.S. citizens. This webinar will use primary sources to provide an overview of the Bureaus of Immigration and Naturalization’s many roles during World War I.

To join the webinar, visit the USCIS History and Genealogy webinar page and click “Attend Session” just before the scheduled start time. This webinar will not be recorded.

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Three webinars scheduled for Wednesday

Free webinars will be offered by Legacy Family Tree Webinars, the Georgia Genealogical Society and the Southern California Genealogical Society on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Legacy Family Tree webinars will present “Researching Your Dutch Ancestors” at 2 p.m. Do you have ancestors from the Netherlands? This webinar introduces you to the most important records and shows you what you can find online, even if you don’t know any Dutch. Learn how naming traditions and emigration patterns can help you find your Dutch ancestors.

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The Georgia Genealogical Society will present “How to Learn New Things” at 8 p.m. How do we learn about ancestors in new locations, records, or topics? This lecture focuses on a structured approach that results in success for beginners new to family history research and for experienced researchers turning their focus to a new geographical area or time period.

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The Southern California Genealogical Society will present “Coming to America: The Immigrant Experience” at 9 p.m. Our immigrant ancestors made amazing sacrifices to come to this country. This is not a presentation about finding immigration details, but rather discussing what it meant to leave home, what the passage experience was, and how they got through the immigration station in America. The focus is on those who came by ship AFTER the Colonial era.

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USCIS to present free webinar on Thursday

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will present a free webinar on Thursday, August 27, at 1 p.m. entitled, “An Overview of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the National Archives.”

This webinar provides an overview of historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records available to researchers at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The records cover every aspect of immigration and naturalization policy from the turn of the twentieth century until 1975. Participants will learn about the most important finding aids, see sample files, and learn how to request files from the Archives.

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Free immigration records available on

From now until midnight on Monday, April 20, you can access immigration records free on

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Webinar to discuss immigrant travel to the U.S.

The Florida State Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. entitled “A Guide to Overseas Genealogy.”

Crossing the pond is easier than you think. This webinar will cover the history of immigrant travel into the US and how to find genealogical records in most European countries. A list of books and over 70 American and European websites for genealogical research and a guide for translating records will be provided.

During the first part of the presentation, tips will be offered on how to find the town your ancestor came from. In the second part of the presentation, you will learn where to find ship records and how to analyze passenger lists to learn more about your ancestors. There will be a discussion about various websites, both American and European, where a researcher may find records of their family, including church, civil, archive, census, and cemetery records.

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