Sunday, June 8, 2014

Searching for Your Immigrant's Origins? SLIG Registration Opens Saturday, June 14th!

     This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. Students begin by envisioning the immigrant within the context of his family, community, and culture. This includes the historical documents created by the pushes and pulls that motivated his journey abroad. The course covers the methodologies for analyzing and correlating information found in U.S. record sources and immigration records to discover the immigrant’s old-world origins. Additionally, the material will illustrate principles and practices for tracing immigrants back to many specific countries. Techniques will be demonstrated for conducting effective online research of immigrant ancestors. Coverage of chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help students find their immigrant’s ancestral village.

Davide Ouimette, CG along with his team of expert instructors will cover the following topics during the week:

o Identifying the Immigrant within the Family and Community
o The Ebb and Flow of Immigrants to America: Colonial Times to WW II
o Ethnic Migration Paths (and the Pushes and Pulls of Immigration)
o Family and Local Records: Histories, Biographies, and Newspapers
o Vital Records, Parish Registers, Probate, and Cemeteries
o U.S. Customs and Immigration Lists, 1820-1957
o Censuses, City Directories, and Name Lists
o Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Early 20th Century
o Immigration to Colonial America
o UK and Irish Immigration
o Localizing the Surname: Dictionaries and Heat Maps
o Online Immigration Research: Computer Lab
o Eastern European Immigration
o Scandinavian Immigration
o German Immigration
o Italian Immigration
o Hispanic Immigration
o Chain Migration: Polish Case Study
o Interpreting the Place Name: Linguistics, Maps and Gazetteers
o DNA Evidence of Ancestral Origins

Course information can be accessed here: SLIG information can be found at

Don't miss an opportunity to spend a week learning more about how to determine your immigrant ancestor's origins!

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