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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.

NEW: On Demand WebinarsLive Webinars

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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September– January Live Webinars Schedule

These webinars are at 1 p.m. Eastern

Worth Repeating Webinar: Wednesday, September 12

Indexes to Alien Case Files (A-Files) at the National Archives

Wednesday, September 12, 1 p.m. Eastern

USCIS has transferred over a million A-files to National Archives custody in Kansas City, Mo., and San Francisco. Researchers can use the National Archives catalog and well-known genealogy research sites to search for files.  
Are all the indices the same? What information is included in each index? This webinar will discuss the index data and how to search various indices to find an A-File at the National Archives. We will also discuss the role of the index in transferring A-Files to the Archives.

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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, September 27

Introduction to Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Records at the National Archives

Thursday, September 27, 1:00 PM Eastern

Please join the USCIS History Office for an overview of the historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records, available to researchers at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The records cover nearly every aspect of immigration and naturalization policy from the turn of the twentieth century until 1975. Participants will learn about important research aids, see sample files, and discover how to request files from the Archives. 
This webinar will benefit students, teachers, and scholars who are considering research projects involving virtually any topic in twentieth century immigration history as well as family historians interested in immigration and naturalization records.

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Guide to I&N History Research

Worth Repeating Webinar: Thursday, October 18

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Thursday, October 18, 1:00 PM Eastern

 

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, November 15

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Thursday, November 15, 1:00 PM Eastern

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, December 20

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Thursday, December 20, 1:00 PM Eastern

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, January 24

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Thursday, January 24, 1:00 PM Eastern

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. 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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