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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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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.

 

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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Worth Repeating Webinar: Thursday, October 18

New Access to an Old Index: Good News for Immigration Research

Thursday, October 18, 1:00 PM Eastern

The USCIS History Office will be hosting a USCIS History and Genealogy Webinar on Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. Eastern to provide an introduction to the Name Index, ca. 1893 - ca. 1932 (NAID 4709010), part of which is now available to researchers through the National Archives online catalog

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transferred the index to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) more than 60 years ago, and it was largely forgotten. But recently, dedicated NARA staff worked to digitize the index and make it possible to search records by name. This development is encouraging news for historical and genealogical immigration research, because it brings long-neglected files back to life.

Join Marian Smith for an overview of the index and how it can be used to access exclusion (Board of Special Inquiry), investigation, and deportation files dating from the earliest years of the 20th century. We will also discuss the index as an example of additional “hidden treasures” to discover among the records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the National Archives.

 

Guide to I&N History: Thursday, December 20

Beyond the Image: Documenting the Immigration Stories behind Augustus Sherman's Ellis Island Portraits

Thursday, December 20, 1:00 PM Eastern

Between 1905 and 1925, immigration service employee Augustus Frederick Sherman photographed hundreds of immigrants as they passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Today, Sherman’s portraits serve as some of the most iconic images of American immigration during the Ellis Island years.

Unfortunately, little is known about many of the immigrants Sherman photographed. This webinar will use historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records to document the immigration stories behind some of Sherman’s photos. Participants will hear the immigrant’s stories and learn about INS records that may be useful to their own research projects

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

Beyond the Image, PART 2: Documenting the Immigration Stories Behind Augustus Sherman’s Ellis Island Portraits
 

Thursday, January 24, 1:00 PM Eastern

Please join us for Part two of our exploration of the immigration and naturalization records that document the stories behind some of Augustus Frederick Sherman’s Ellis Island photographs.

Between 1905 and 1925, immigration service employee Augustus Frederick Sherman photographed hundreds of immigrants as they passed through the Ellis Island Immigration Station. Today, Sherman’s portraits serve as some of the most iconic images of American immigration during the Ellis Island years. Unfortunately, little is known about many of the immigrants Sherman photographed. This webinar will use historical Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) records to document the immigration stories behind some of Sherman’s photos. Participants will hear the immigrant’s stories and learn about INS records that may be useful to their own research projects.

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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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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