Providing practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians since 1995, online since 1985.


1995-2009 Pat Richley HOME | Ask | Blog Right-click to copy RSS feed URL. Add to My Yahoo BookShelf | ContactLessons | Listen to Podcast media RSS feed
Read most 1995-2006 articles | Search | Subscribe

Immigration & Naturalization Service
Not INS, USCIS

 
DearREADERS & LISTENERS,
During last night's DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour internet radio show, I had the pleasure of interviewing Marian L. Smith, the Senior Historian for the US Citizenship  and Immigration Services (USCIS) formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Its a part of the new Department of Homeland Security. Genealogists look to the USCIS for the post-1906 naturalization records that would describe their ancestor, the place of origin, the date of arrival in the US, etc.
 
Its going to be hard to remember to call this office by its new name, but everything is doable.
You can find the USCIS on the web at: http://uscis.gov
 
 
Marian explained that there is a "100 year rule" that keeps the naturalization records from public view, unless proof of death can be provided by the requesting party. She told us that an obituary, a photocopy of a death certificate, and even a funeral card will suffice as proof. She works at the USCIS Library which is "located on the first floor of the Chester Arthur Building (CAB), at 425 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20536. We may be reached at 202-514-2837. To ensure proper service, non-Immigration visitors should call for an appointment." IBID.
 
FOR FURTHER READING
USCIS - HISTORY, GENEALOGY & EDUCATION
 
USCIS - For Teachers & Students
 
Overview of INS History
 
Early Immigrant Inspection along the US/Mexican Border
 
Naturalization of WWI Soldiers
 
Women & Naturalization Part 1
 
Women & Naturalization Part 2
 
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy.
6023 26th St West #352
Bradenton, FL 34207
Email: Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
Web: www.DearMYRTLE.com

 

 

1995-2009 Pat Richley HOME | Ask | Blog Right-click to copy RSS feed URL. Add to My Yahoo BookShelf | ContactLessons | Listen to Podcast media RSS feed
Read most 1995-2006 articles | Search | Subscribe

Google
www DearMYRTLE.com