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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.

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History Library Catalog and Services

This 12-minute webinar will introduce you to the USCIS History Library Program and online catalog. You’ll learn about the collection of public historical materials, catalog content and search interface, services for the public and how to get help or more information. For: general public researchers (beginner to advanced).

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.

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April – August Live Webinars Schedule

These webinars are at 1 p.m. Eastern

Guide to I&N History: Wednesday, April 25

‘Any Alien’ serving in the military or naval forces of the United States?
Asian immigrant soldiers and naturalization during the First World War

Wednesday, April 25, 1:00 PM Eastern

During the First World War, Congress passed an act that said any alien serving in the U.S. armed forces could become a citizen through an expedited naturalization process. Alongside other foreign born soldiers, Asian immigrants serving in the U.S. military moved to take advantage of this opportunity.

U.S. naturalization laws, however, had long categorized Asian immigrants as racially ineligible for naturalization and many courts refused to make them citizens under the military naturalization law. For nearly two decades after the war, Asian immigrant soldiers fought to have their right to U.S. citizenship legally recognized.

This webinar uses archival records and actual case files to tell the story of Asian immigrant WWI soldiers who sought U.S. citizenship under military naturalization provisions.

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Guide to I&N History Research

Worth Repeating Webinar: Thursday, May 24

Interpreting Odd INS Naturalization Index Cards
The Case of "Gladys H"

Thursday, May 24, 1:00 PM Eastern

If you’ve ever searched online for mid-20th century naturalization records, you may have encountered unusual or hard-to-understand index cards. This webinar will discuss examples of these cards, then present a real-life case study of the variety of numbers in Gladys H.’s complicated road to naturalization. Set a reminder on this webinar

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

 

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“Worth Repeating” Webinar

 

Guide to I&N History: Thursday, June 21

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Thursday, June 21, 1:00 PM Eastern

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Guide to I&N History Research

 

Worth Repeating Webinar: Thursday, July 19

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Thursday, July 19, 1:00 PM Eatern

 

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

 

 

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For more information and how to submit questions for the next “Your Questions” webinar, click the link below.

“Worth Repeating” Webinar

Guide to I&N History: Thursday, August 23

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Thursday, August 23, 2017, 1 p.m. Eastern

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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. Set a reminder on this webinar.

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Worth Repeating Webinar

This every other month webinar will revisit some of the most successful presentations delivered to historical and genealogical audiences over the last 20-plus years. This webinar will cover historical immigration and nationality records created by the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service , and records found today either at the National Archives and Records Administration or USCIS. Set a reminder on this webinar.

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Adobe Connect

We are now using Adobe Connect to deliver webinars. If you have never attended an Adobe Connect session before:

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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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