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FW: [iajgs] (USA) National Archives at San Francisco Opens Immigration Center

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  • Max Heffler
    The (USA) National Archives has announced the opening of the Immigration Center Files and dedication to the Tom Lantos* Research Center. The National Archives
    Message 1 of 1 , May 17, 2012
      The (USA) National Archives has announced the opening of the Immigration
      Center Files and dedication to the Tom Lantos* Research Center. The
      National Archives and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
      joined to have the Alien Files (commonly known as the A-Files) re-designated
      as permanent records of historical value. The A-Files are immigration
      records created for each of the millions of aliens residing the United
      States since 1944. The dedication is scheduled May 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM.
      One of the dedication participants is Jeremy Frankel, President, San
      Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. To read more see:
      http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2012/nr12-118.html

      The only A-files that will be housed at the Tom Lantos Research Center will
      be for Guam, Hawaii, Reno NV and San Francisco. All other A-Files are housed
      at the Kansas City Regional Archives office once the A-file subject is 100
      years old. (This was reported on this forum September 3, 2012 and the
      original press release is available at http://tinyurl.com/2dhc7y2
      http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2010/nr10-137b.html)

      There are approximately 50,000 files that have been released to the San
      Bruno, CA Regional National Archives- Tom Lantos Research Center - all born
      before 1910. They will be released to this center in 5-year blocks,
      therefore, in 2015 they will receive those people born between 1910-1915
      from the four geographic areas mentioned in the paragraph above. These files
      will be screened so that others mentioned in the files that are less than
      100-years are not released. You can contact the center at:
      afiles.sanbruno@...

      * Tom Lantos was the only Holocaust survivor to have served in the U.S.
      Congress. He was born in Budapest Hungary and served in the US Congress for
      13 terms representing the northern two-thirds of San Mateo County and a
      small portion of southwest San Francisco. He died in 2008.

      Jan Meisels Allen
      janmallen@...
      IAJGS Vice President
      Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
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