USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island The USCIS History Office’s new documentary film, “USCIS and the Legacy of Ellis Island” tells the story of the iconic Ellis Island immigration station from the perspective of the men and women who worked there. Watch it online now.
The McGettrick Certificates A full text searchable copy of the “McGettrick Certificates” lists is now available online from the USCIS Historical Library. This rare document lists the names of over 1,000 Chinese migrants who, during the 1890s, entered the United States over the eastern Canadian border and received court-issued certificates verifying their claims of U.S. citizenship.
Immigrant Name Changes We know from experience that records of entry of many aliens into the United States contain assumed or incorrect names and other errors... Read More
Researching Deportation Records The USCIS Genealogy mailbox regularly receives questions about locating historical deportation or exclusion records. The question usually follows... Read More
Origins of the Naturalization Civics Test Because it is often featured in media reports, popular culture, and educational exercises, the civics test is perhaps the most well-known part of naturalization process. For many potential citizens it is also... Read More