Three free webinars to take place on Wednesday

Three free webinars will be offered on Wednesday, April 25. Topics include naturalization records and fraternal organizations.

The USCIS will be offering a free webinar at 1 p.m. entitled “Asian Immigrant Soldiers and Naturalization During the First World War.

During the First World War, Congress passed an act that said any alien serving in the U.S. armed forces could become a citizen through an expedited naturalization process. U.S. naturalization laws, however, had long categorized Asian immigrants as racially ineligable for naturalization and many courts refused to make them citizens under the military naturalization law. For nearly two decades after the war, Asian immigrant soldiers fought to have their right to U.S. citizenship legally recognized.

This webinar will not be recorded.

To attend the webinar, go to: and click on the link for April 25.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Verifying Information You Find Online” at 2 p.m. When we have brick walls and other challenging genealogical puzzles we search anywhere for clues that can help us. That can include online trees and other information with unknown sources. This webinar will demonstrate how to verify the information as true or not.

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The Georgia Genealogy Society will present “Fraternally Yours: Finding Your Ancestors in American Fraternal Organizations” at 8 p.m. Was your ancestor a Freemason, an Odd Fellow, a Knight of Columbus, or a member of another fraternal organization? In this webinar, Rhonda R. McClure teaches you how to identify different fraternal organizations, provide valuable tools for locating a lodge and its records, and discuss how these records can enrich your family history research.

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Several free genealogy webinars to be offered this week

There will be several free webinars offered this week on topics such as religion in the Great Lakes, Lincoln’s records of war and researching female ancestors.

The Wisconsin Genealogy Society will present “On a Mission: Religion in the Great Lakes Region” on Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. The area around the Great Lakes was explored by Jesuits, Methodists, Moravians, Baptists, Anglicans, Quakers, Presbyterians and others. This webinar will focus on major religions in the Great Lakes region, a history and timeline of their arrival and expansion in specific areas, and a discussion on the main denominational repositories for research.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present “Lincoln’s Laws and the Records of War” on Wednesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. President Lincoln’s General Order 100 – “Instructions for the Government of Armies … in the Field” – revolutionized the laws of war and created new records for genealogists to research.

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Southern California Genealogy Society will present “Finding Females: Maiden Name Not Known” on Wednesday, April 18, at 9 p.m. Research is not complete without a maiden name. Usually a difficult problem if not immediately obvious. Learn how to deal with this problem.

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The Florida State Genealogical Society will present “Naturalization Know How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship” on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Many records were created when immigrant ancestors became American citizens. Learn what they are and how to find them.

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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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Naturalization process to be free webinar topic

The Minnesota Genealogical Society will present a free webinar on Wed. Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. entitled “Naturalization: The Law, the Process, the Records.”

For many family historians it is important to learn whether, when and how their immigrant ancestors became American citizens. The laws covering becoming a citizen changed over time as did the records created during the process.  This webinar will look at these changes and where to find records created during this process — as well as related records that show whether a person was a citizen, or that were created if they were not.

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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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