Many people get interested in genealogy because they want to learn more about where their family came from—specifically, to find out which ancestors came over from the "old country" and when. This course will teach you how to identify an immigrant ancestor in your family tree. You'll learn how to pinpoint when and where he or she left and locate records documenting his or her immigration. Each of the four lessons includes an assignment designed to help you progress in your research of an immigrant ancestor.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN How to gather immigration information about your immigrant ancestors through home sources and oral history interviews Which US sources to consult in tracing an immigrant ancestor, and what they can tell you Where to look for your ancestor's naturalization records and/or passenger list—online and offline How social history and migration patterns can help you track your ancestor
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE People who wish to learn where their family came from outside the United States Descendants of fairly recent immigrants—e.g., late 19th- and early 20th-century arrivals—who have just a few generations to trace in US sources Researchers who have traced a family line as far back in America as they can, and want to take their research to the next level
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: REQUIREMENTS & SUPPLIES This course assumes you understand the basics principles of genealogy and have done some investigation into your family history. If you are a total beginner, consider taking the Discover Your Family Tree course before enrolling in this class. Access to Ancestry.com and other subscription genealogy databases will help you get the most from this class. Many libraries offer free on-site access to these Websites. An audio recorder, video camera or some other device to capture oral history interviews is recommended but not required.