Alien Resident Files
- Received this notice from the US National Archives.
What do you call 300,000 aliens in acid-free Hollinger boxes? A good genealogy resource! The National Archives has just released a whole bunch of Alien resident files (called "A-files") for alien residents born prior to 1910. They're available at the National Archives at Kansas City.
For the first time, more than 300,000 case files on alien residents of the United States who were born 1909 and prior are now open to the public at the National Archives at Kansas City. These files, known as "Alien Files" (commonly referred to as "A-Files") were transferred to the National Archives from the U.S. Citiz...enship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and are only a small part of the millions of case files that will eventually be transferred and opened to the public.
"The A-files are a key to unlocking the fascinating stories of millions of people who traveled to the United States in search of opportunity, including my own grandfather," said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. "They include information such as photographs, personal correspondence, birth certificates, health records, interview transcripts, visas, applications and other information on all non-naturalized alien residents, both legal and illegal. The snapshot of American life that develops from each file can, in some cases, serve as a one-stop-shopping for researchers."
For additional information on requesting A-Files, visit http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/aliens/a-files-kansas-city.html