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The USCIS Historical Research Branch offers several webinars for beginner and advanced researchers. They are an easy and free way to learn about the USCIS history, library, and genealogy programs and services from agency historians, librarians and program representatives. We invite you to view our upcoming schedule below.

Live Webinars

How Do I Participate ?

Choose the session you wish to attend from the schedule below. Click on the session reminder link and save this to your calendar.  On the day of the webinar, click on the link (included in the calendar reminder) to join the webinar. You can also return to this page, as early as 10 minutes before the session starts, and click the “attend session” link to enter the webinar.
 

February – August Live Webinars Schedule

These webinars are at 1 p.m. Eastern

Guide to I&N History: Thursday, February 28

Staffing the Golden Shores: The Early Years of the Immigration Service

Thursday, February 28, 1:00 PM Eastern

Please join us for an exciting exploration of a critical period in American immigration history.
USCIS traces its origins back to the early years of the federal Immigration Service, which was created because of the Immigration Act of 1891. This webinar uses primary sources from the National Archives in Washington D.C. to explore and analyze the early years of the Immigration Service from 1891-1917.

This webinar will not be recorded, so be sure to join us live. 

 

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Guide to I&N History Research

Guide to I&N History: Thursday, April 18

Immigration and Naturalization Records and the Titanic Disaster

Thursday, April 18 1:00 PM Eastern

When the RMS Titanic sank more than a century ago, the Bureau of Immigration – a precursor to USCIS – was on hand in New York City to receive the survivors and facilitate their admission into the U.S. During this presentation, we will discuss how the Bureau of Immigration documented the survivors of the Titanic disaster. Participants will see records created in the hours after the disaster and files from survivors’ later lives, and learn tips to apply to their own immigration research.

This webinar will not be recorded, so be sure to join us live. 

 

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Guide to I&N History Research

Guide to I&N History: Thursday, August 15

Introduction to INS Policy and Correspondence file, 1906-1956

Thursday, August 15, 1:00 PM Eastern

In this webinar, we will show you how you can use the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Immigration Policy and Correspondence files (1906-1956) to conduct research. The INS Immigration Policy and Correspondence files are now available at the National Archives in Washington, DC. These files include correspondence documenting INS policies, programs, and activities during the first half of the 20th Century. In this webinar, we will review sample files, introduce the most useful finding aids, and suggest strategies for getting the most out your time at the Archives.

Because of the broad scope of topics covered by the INS Immigration Policy and Correspondence files, this webinar is relevant to students, scholars, and other researchers interested in exploring any aspect of U.S. immigration history, 1906-1956.

This webinar will not be recorded, so be sure to join us live. 

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Guide to I&N History Research

 

Guide to I&N History Research

This every other month webinar delivered by an USCIS historian covers available historical records, and useful aids and procedures for requesting records at the National Archives and Records Administration or from USCIS through the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. Some of these webinars will address issues or problems in researching specific historical topics. This webinar is for scholars and other advanced researchers. 

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For Questions Please Contact
History LibraryCISHistory.Library@uscis.dhs.gov
Guide to I & N History ResearchCISHistory.Library@uscis.dhs.gov
Genealogy Program IntroductionGenealogy.USCIS@uscis.dhs.gov
Records Found Case StudiesCISHistory.Library@uscis.dhs.gov
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