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March 2014

History Icon INS Records for 1930's Mexican Repatriations
The latest Historian’s Mailbox entry explores why researchers may not find “deportation records” for many Mexicans who left the U.S. in the 1930s.


December 2013

History Icon I'm an American
The latest entry in the Historian's Mailbox

Icon Library  Bracero Program Images
The USCIS History Library holds several photographs of the Mexican Agricultural Labor Program, commonly called the “Bracero Program,” dating from 1951-1964.

July 2013

Icon Library  Highlights from the Library Collection: Immigration Commission Reports
Shortly after the creation of the federal Immigration Service in 1891 Congress authorized an immigration commission to investigate the workings of U.S. immigration... Read More


June 2013

Icon Library  Why Some C-Files May Lack a Declaration of Intention
USCIS Genealogy records requesters sometimes discover that their subject's Certificate File ("C-File") does not contain a Declaration of Intention record. The Declarations are not missing. Rather, these C-Files...

Icon Library  Immigrant Name Changes
We know from experience that records of entry of many aliens into the United States contain assumed or incorrect names and other errors...


May 2013

History Icon Edward Bing Kan: The First Chinese-American Naturalized after Repeal of Chinese Exclusion
The latest entry in the Historian's Mailbox

Icon Library  Highlights from the Library Collection
New Year in America, painting by Lois Johnson shows children in Hmong costumes. Lois Johnson's original oil painting... Read More


April 2013

Icon Library   Researching Deportation Records
The USCIS Genealogy mailbox regularly receives questions about locating historical deportation or exclusion records. The question usually follows...

Icon Library   Quick Guide to finding INS Case and Correspondence Files Related to Specific Individuals
The vast collection of historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) subject, policy and correspondence files now stored as Entry 9 of Record Group 85 at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. includes...


March 2013

Icon Library  Why Request a USCIS C-File?
On January 20, 2013, a customer sent the USCIS Genealogy Notebook a very important question...


January 2013

Icon Library  Welcome to the new and improved USCIS Genealogy Program website!
The Genealogy Program is proud to launch its new website! The following features are included...

History Icon Origins of the Naturalization Civics Test
The latest entry in the Historian's Mailbox

Icon Library  USCIS and its names
Currently the library is working with historians to create a historical perspective of DHS's first ten years.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/03/2014