Gary Mokotoff, Editor
Volume 12, Number 34 | JAugust 29, 2011
Every government puts value on preserving its history. That is why we have national archives. Genealogy preserves history; the history of a family. It cannot be done without access to records, just as historians cannot preserve a nation's history without access to records. It is a greater good than the right to privacy. It is a greater good than the risk of identity theft.
Ancestry.com Allows Free Access to Immigration and Naturalization Records
Ancestry.com announced today that there will be an entire week of free access to its U.S. and international immigration and naturalization records. The free access week begins August 29 and runs through the American Labor Day holiday ending September 5. During this time, all visitors to Ancestry.com will be able to the indices and images of new and updated U.S. immigration records as well as selected international immigration records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Mexico.
These records include ships’ passenger and crew lists, declarations of intent, petitions for naturalization, witness affidavits, border crossings, certificates and other records generated by the naturalization process, which is the act and procedure of becoming a new citizen of a country. Because the process has changed significantly over time and varies from country to country, different records are available from a wide variety of state, federal and international sources.
Newly added U.S. collections include Florida Petitions for Naturalization, 1913–1991; Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796–1959; and Utah Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1850–1960. Updated U.S. and international collections include U.S. Naturalization and Passport applications, 1795–1972; UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878–1960; Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895–1956; New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826–1922; Border Crossings from Mexico to U.S., 1895–1957; New York State Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917–1973; Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820–1873 and 1893–1959.
The immigration and naturalization records can be found at http://www.ancestry.com/immigration.
Don’t Forget Deadline for Beider Book Offer
Reminder: The deadline for purchasing the name books of Alexander Beider at a discount is September 1. the offer can be found at http://avotaynu.com/books/beideroffer.htm.
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