Date(s) - October 11, 2015
Zack Wilske historian at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
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Zack Wilske: Immigration and Naturalization Service Citizenship and Immigration Records: The Basics and Beyond
his lecture hand out is Zack Wilske (USCIS) 2015 JGSLA
Zack Wilske will present sample files and case studies to introduce researchers to the Bureau of Naturalization Correspondence files at the National Archives. The files document all aspects of citizenship policy from 1906 to 1946 and can provide in-depth information not found in court naturalization records. In addition to sample cases, participants will be guided on how to explore records, including an introduction to two newly accessible indexes for previously under-utilized records practical for genealogy research. He’ll also cover lesser-known federal records of derived citizenship, repatriation, and correspondence about citizenship-related problems and topics. While the records discussed were created after 1906, some involve events that occurred years or decades before.
Zack Wilske is a historian for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). His research interests include the history of the INS and the uses of INS records for genealogists. He regularly speaks about immigration and naturalization records and has published several articles on researching with INS records.
JGSLA members free, guests $5. Traveling library opens 1:00PM