Jewish Genealogical Society of Sacramento www.jgss.org January 29, 2011 Upcoming Meetings: Sunday, February 20, 10 a.m .—Steve Morse, One-Step WebsitesMessage 1 of 1 , Jan 29, 2011View Source
Jewish Genealogical Society
January 29, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 10 a.m .—Steve Morse, One-Step Websites Potpourri
Sunday, March 10, 10 a.m. – Robinn Magid, On Data Safari in Poland
Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m. – Susanne Levitsky, French Connection
TV Next Friday, Feb. 4 --
The NBC series, “Who Do You Think You Are?” returns next Friday at 8 p.m. for another season of family research featuring eight different celebrities. The focus Friday will be on Vanessa Williams, followed by Tim McGraw on February 11. The episode involving Gwyneth Paltrow, air date not yet known, is expected to be of most interest to Jewish genealogists; her paternal great-grandfather was a rabbi.
January 16, 2011 Meeting
President Mort Rumberg welcomed members and guests. Art Yates noted that he and Lester Smith attended one of the free genealogy classes at the downtown Sacramento Library and said it was one of the best presentations he’s attended.
Mort noted that the Family History Library on Eastern Avenue is holding classes afternoons and evenings. On Jan. 26 will be a class on Resources in the California Room at the State Archives. On March 12th, there will be an all-day program on African-American genealgoy.
Root Cellar also has monthly programs, including its April spring seminar featuring Geoff Rasmussen.
Family History Day at the State Archives is set for Saturday, October 15. Mort said that speakers are scheduled throughout the day and we’ll once again have a table and will be looking for volunteers. Some 20 genealogical societies will be represented. For details, go to www.fhd1010.blogspot.com.
The group was asked how many might be interested in doing a tour of pioneer Jewish cemeteries. Bob Wascou noted that the Bay Area JGS is thinking of having a bus tour and we might be able to join with them. Cemeteries are located in Sonora, Mokelumne Hill, Placerville, Nevada City, Grass Valley and Marysville. Bob noted that rubbings are no longer allowed on the tombstones.
Lester Smith said there’s a new resource at the Sacramento Library -- you can order by way of the Internet any book form any library, and it will show up in about four days.
January Speaker -- Lynn Brown
The “New” Immigration Process lgbrown@...
Lynn said the former immigration agency, the INS -- Immigration and Naturalization Service -- was “fired” after 9/11, replaced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service USCIS.
Lynn gave a short history of naturalization requirements and the various documents. Not everybody was naturalized. Alien citizenship records have now surfaced.
Declaration of Intention
Also called “first papers,” this form was required until 1952. It only shows the country of origin and the date of the application. Now, it’s not required but might be recommended.
Certificate of Arrival
This noted the port, date of arrival and ship’s name. Today, it includes all modes of transportation.
This declares permanent residency. Pre-1906, there was no genealogical information. After 1906, there is much data. Papers included members of the family to be naturalized with the immigrant and more. In 1922, the petition included photos and women could apply without their husband’s consent.
But, Lynn notes,many people did not naturalize -- there was no incentive to become a U.S. citizen.
Certificate of Naturalization
This was issued after the immigrant took the oath of allegiance.
Derivative Citizenship -- Before 1922, this was granted to the wife and children of a naturalized male; also through marriage to a U.S. naturalized or U.S.-born male.
Military Service -- Allowed honorably discharged Army veterans of any war to become citizens.
Alien Records -- this is the “green card,” or permanent resident card.
For immigrants who did not naturalize, there were visas, alien registration, emergency alien registration and a certificate of registration.
Visas -- began in 1924-- all aliens had to have a visa to enter -- you needed to apply at the customs office or U.S. embassy or consulate.
Visa files contain birth information, parents, children, previous residences of usually the last five years, and a photo beginning in 1929.
Certificate of registration -- documents immigrants who arrived prior to 1924 and where no original arrival records were located.
Alien registration -- Beginning in August 1940-- fingerprinting, a record of every non-citizen. Begun in 1798 against France.
Beginning in June 1940, all non-citizens 14 years or older had to register at a post office or INS office, even if they had a permanent residency certificate.
Emergency Alien Registration -- “By definition,” required as a national security measure.
Emergency Alien Reg. Records --
World War I -- Nov. 1917- April 1918 --included photo and a physical description. Congress requested they be destroyed after the war -- some states did, some didn’t.
World War II -- August 1940 to March 1944. Alien registration also occuring at the same time -- refusing to register was cause for deportation.
Locating WWI Alien Registration -- Kansas, Phoenix, St. Paul, Minnesota, Ft. Worth, Allen County, Indiana --see State Archives .
1940-44 alien registration on microfilm, available on request.
Research Tools --
1) NARA ARC -- National Archives Archive Research Catalogue -- search engine
2) Family History Library Keyword Search
naturalization and citizenship -- put in state, county, town
3) State Archive Record search
USCIS Genealogy Program as of May 2009
March 1, 2003 -- under the Dept. of Homeland Security
March 2003-- Nov. 2008 -- requests handles on a case-by-case basis under the Freedom of Information Act. “All that has changed,” Lynn says. There is a fee for service, e-ordering. But section designed for genealogists.
Records include --
Those naturalized Sept. 1906 to March 1956.
Those who immigrated from July 1924 to May 1951
Before 1906 --could still apply to yor family, so look at the records
Naturalization certificates --- C-Files
27 Sept. 1906 to March 1956
They speak in “cases,” -- a case is a file, not a record.
Obtaining records --two fee-for-service services you can order on line:
1) Index search -- $20 -- G-1041
2) Record copy request -- for researchers with valid record citation
$20/35 -- G-1041A
You have one year to request records from date of original requests. Can order
online or by mail.
No return on money if no records. Proof of death if immigrant’s date of birth is less than 100 years.
“I personally think the new program is very exciting, “ Lynn says. “They’ve (the USCIS) hired genealogists -- that’s what they’re there for. There is a genealogy department serving us independently so we don’t have to stand in line.”