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REVIEW: Genealogy at a Glance: Immigration Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Genealogical Publishing Company's series Genealogy At A Glance provides detailed guidance into various subjects relevant to genealogical research. The latest in this series, Immigration Research by Sharon Debartolo Carmack, CG, provides the information you need to research immigration into the United States.

Ms. Carmack discusses several waves of immigration: the Colonial period, 1776-1820, 1820-ca. 1880, ca. 1880-ca. 1920, and ca. 1920-1945. Each of these migration waves had its own qualities, which the guide describes. Every wave of immigration (and indeed, every individual migration) has both "push factors," which are reasons that a family decides to leave where they live, and "pull factors," which are reasons that a family decides to settle in their destination.

The guide continues by revealing how to determine your ancestor's time of arrival. As Ms. Carmack writes, "This is one way to help you distinguish your ancestor from someone else with the same name." She describes questions about immigration and place of origin that appear on the federal census records beginning from 1850 to 1950.

Ms. Carmack then discusses records related to immigration, including passenger arrival lists and naturalization records. She gives specific focus to online passenger arrival lists and microfilmed indexes.

If your ancestors came to the United States from another country--and unless you are 100% native American, they did--this newest Genealogy At A Glance offering will give you a quick reference to the records and techniques you need.

Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG, Genealogy At A Glance: Immigration Research (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2011). 8 1/2" x 11". 4 pp., folded and laminated.. ISBN 978-0-8063-1890-5. $8.95. Domestic postage and handling: 4th Class mailing, $5.50; FedEx Ground Service within the U. S., $7.50.

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Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG, Genealogy At A Glance: Ellis Island Research (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2011). 8 1/2" x 11". 4 pp., folded and laminated.. ISBN 978-0-8063-1884-4. $8.95. Domestic postage and handling: 4th Class mailing, $5.50; FedEx Ground Service within the U. S., $7.50.

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