History Office Webinars
The USCIS History Office and Library offers webinars for beginner and advanced researchers. They are an easy and free way to learn about methods and topics in immigration and citizenship history, including genealogy.
Presenters will analyze documents and discuss resources available through our library, the USCIS Genealogy Program, the National Archives and Records Administration, and other sources.
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Live Webinars Schedule
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, 1 to 2 p.m. (Eastern)
Beyond the Image: Documenting the Immigration Stories behind Augustus Sherman's Ellis Island Portraits
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 remain 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 see sample cases, hear the immigrant’s stories, and learn about INS records that may be useful to their own research projects.
To attend the webinar at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, February 9, please click this meeting link:
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