YOU'LL LOVE THIS IF:
- You want to document your immigrant ancestor’s arrival in the United States
- You're looking to trace your family tree back to your ancestral homeland
- You want to explore detail-rich records that provide information such as an immigrant's last residence, their birthplace, physical description and their final destination in the United States
Presenter: Lisa A. Alzo
Duration: 1 hour
Your ancestor's immigration record is the link to your ancestral homeland. That one record can unlock a world of genealogical information and research possibilities.
Yet it's easy for immigrant research to go adrift, with changing names and indexing challenges, the variety of ports your ancestors could've used, and the different types of records available. But the Internet can be your life raft when you feel lost in a sea of immigrant search strategies. This webinar shows you how to use online resources to document your ancestor's journey to a new life in America.
What You’ll Learn:
- How to discover when your ancestors immigrated
- What lesser-known resources such as the Ellis Island Database, Castle Garden.org, and One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse can reveal about your immigrant ancestors
- How databases on big sites can supplement your immigrant research, such as the Ancestry.com Immigration Collection in which the National Archives' microfilmed passenger lists are in searchable, digitized format
- Where to find information on major ports such as Ellis Island, as well as others like Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Galveston
- Where to search passenger lists, arrival records, naturalizations, indexes and other sources of ancestral immigration ranging from the 1500s to 1900s
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Eastern European genealogy specialist Lisa A. Alzo received the Association for Women in Slavic Studies 2002 Mary Zirin Prize for excellence in scholarship, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. Her books include Three Slovak Women (Gateway Press), Slovak Pittsburgh (Arcadia) and Cleveland Slovaks (with John T. Sabol, Arcadia). She’s written numerous articles for genealogy publications, including regular contributions to Family Tree Magazine, and blogs regularly at The Accidental Genealogist.