- I realize I am a little late to join in on the NARA
discussion, but just wanted to relay a positive
experience I had with the Chicago NARA.
I sent an email request last Saturday the 31st to the
Chicago NARA requesting an immigration lookup, and
today got a response back by postal mail. Though they
did not find what I requested, they gave me a
suggestion on where I should look next, complete with
mailing address and telephone number. Also included
was a pamphlet on what records are, and aren't, stored
What may have helped in my case was that I said that I
had already looked in the Washington, DC NARA (who had
directed me to Chicago), I gave the microfilm number
of the immigration index (I found that on the Chicago
NARA website), and gave all pertinent information. I
would agree with others, that if you don't succeed in
getting a response, try again.
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