Final Class in this Series

This final class was on Immigration and Naturalization records. It covered how to do your homework to help find immigration records and the types of records that may give you clues. There was a bit of history given on Naturalization Records. Naturalization Records are divided into two categories because of the Steerage Act of 1819. The Steerage Act stated that all passenger lists of all arriving vessels to the United States were required to be given to the local Collector of Customs. The categories are divided as prior 1820 and after 1820. Each category was discussed regarding searching for these records, what you can expect, and what information you will find. Points of interest include~

Passage of the first Naturalization Law was in 1790.

The Naturalization Service was created in 1906.

Ideas of places to search~

Filby's index
Visa Files
Alien Registration Records
Certificates of Registry

As a bonus we received information on "Genealogy in the 21st Century" which covered~

Internet and Online records
Continuing Education
Evaluating an Ideal Genealogy Program
Books to learn from and improve genealogy
Books every genealogist should read
Adhering to Genealogical Proof Standards
Back Ups

We were instructed not to be "people collectors." In other words, verify and follow up on the information you receive on people, don't just collect names and dates.

It was sad knowing this was the last class, and yet exciting also. Extremely informative classes, great instructor, lots of hype and excitement, all of which I will miss. Exciting however in that I am looking forward to progressing with what I have learned. With classes over, maybe I can find a couple hours a week of free time to do this!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!



  1. Congratulations on completing your class! Now I'm going to email you directly to see if we know each other!

  2. Thank you Kathryn! I'll be on the road to more classes eventually!

  3. Congratulations Mysteri! I know how exciting it is to complete a class and feel you have benefited from the content. Now, go spread your genealogy wings and make new discoveries!

  4. I love how you put that! I am off to spread my genealogical wings! Thank you for the comment!

  5. Msteri,

    I enjoyed reading about your classes. I could feel your excitement in your posting.

    Congratulations on completing the class!

  6. Hi Dru!

    Thank you for the comment. Yes, I was filled with so much excitement each and every time I went to a class. Credit goes to the great instructor!


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