Immigrant Ancestors

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Short 20-minute presentation delivered at 8 March 2010 meeting of the Laurel [Maryland] Historical Society Genealogy Group. Basic information on locating records on your immigrant ancestors.

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Immigrant Ancestors

  1. 1. YourImmigrant AncestorsA Brief Research Guide<br />Michael Hait<br />Laurel, Maryland<br />8 March 2010<br />
  2. 2. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"<br />
  3. 3. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"<br />
  4. 4. When did they arrive?<br />
  5. 5. Philip Feulner<br />
  6. 6. Check the federal census<br />1930:<br />Place of birth<br />Year of immigration<br />Naturalized?<br />SOURCE: 1930 U. S. Census, Saratoga Co., New York, population schedule, Greenfield Town, ED 4-6-15, SD 5, sheet 6A, stamped page 170, dwelling 147, family 149, Phillip Feulner; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Mar 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1643.<br />
  7. 7. Check the federal census<br />1920:<br />Place of birth<br />Year of immigration<br />Year of naturalization<br />SOURCE: 1920 U. S. Census, Saratoga Co., New York, population schedule, Greenfield Town, 2nd Election Dist., ED 110, SD 10, sheet 4A, stamped page 170, dwelling 95, family 97, Phillip Feulner; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Mar 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 1261.<br />
  8. 8. Check the federal census<br />1910:<br />Place of birth<br />Year of immigration<br />Naturalized?<br />SOURCE: 1910 U. S. Census, Saratoga Co., New York, population schedule, Greenfield Town, ED 106, SD 9, sheet 4A, stamped page 167, dwelling 84, family 84, Phillip Feulner; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Mar 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 1076.<br />
  9. 9. Check the federal census<br />1900:<br />Place of birth<br />Year of immigration<br />Naturalized?<br />SOURCE: 1900 U. S. Census, Saratoga Co., New York, population schedule, Greenfield Town, ED 114, SD 7, sheet 18B, dwelling 448, family 461, Philip Feulner; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Mar 2010); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 1158.<br />
  10. 10. Compile your information<br />
  11. 11. Passenger Lists can be found…<br />
  12. 12. Passenger Lists can be found…<br />
  13. 13. Passenger Lists can be found…<br />www.castlegarden.org<br />
  14. 14. Passenger Lists can be found…<br />www.ellisisland.org<br />
  15. 15. North German Ship Carl Departed Port of Bremen Arrived Port of New York 31 December 1870<br />
  16. 16. Compare your information<br />
  17. 17. Finding a Picture of the Ship<br />http://stevemorse.org/ellis/pictures.html<br />
  18. 18. Finding a Picture of the Ship<br />Silk embroidery, by Thomas Willes, New York, undated (but after 1865). Sammlung Havighorst/Pawlik, Staatsarchiv Bremen, 10 B Bildsammlung. Source: Peter-Michael Pawlik, Von der Weser in die Welt; Die Geschichte der Segel-schiffe von Weser und Lesum und ihrer Bauwerften 1770 bis 1893, Schriften des Deutschen Schiffahrtsmuseums, Bd. 33 (Hamburg: Kabel, c1993), p. 234.<br />
  19. 19. Naturalization<br />
  20. 20. Naturalization records<br />Before 1906, any courthouse would do…<br />
  21. 21. Naturalization records<br />Since 1906, only federal courthouses…<br />

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