Monday, March 15, 2010
Immigration with Dr. Colletta
They’re Coming to America:
Certain repositories and genealogical centers have a reputation of offering workshops that are worth exchanging household chores and grocery shopping for a $55.00 registration fee to sit, listen, and ask questions. The Midwest Genealogy Center, the largest public genealogy library, located in Independence, Mo., right outside Kansas City, is such a repository who hosted They’re Coming to America: Immigration Records.
I find that many family genealogists do not have the opportunity to go to conferences, so it is a treat when conferences are held at local genealogy centers. It not only gives locals a chance to network with other family genealogists, it allows the participants to be dazzled by the depth of information of featured speakers like Dr. John Colletta, PHD whose presentations Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1957 and Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1957 Advanced Problem Solving were worth the sacrificing of weekend chores.
Along with Dr. Colletta’s informative presentation the two days conference gave the registrants information on Colonial Immigration and Colonial Land and Servitude presented by Beth Foulk, and Jennifer Audsley-Moore from the Central Plains Division of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) shared information on Immigration Records emphasizing the process of the Declaration of Intention and Naturalization records. A wonderful treat was had by all when author Rodney Staab gave us a preview of his unpublished works on Galway, Galway to America: Enlistment Records, Migration History. (I wish I were a publisher, this book is needed!)
Now that the weekend is over…the household chores are still waiting on this cloudy Monday morning and my refrigerator is still void of food, but my information bank is brimming with newly acquired knowledge of immigration and naturalization processes!
Kathleen Brandt, a3Genealogy
Posted by Kathleen Brandt, Professional Genealogist at 11:25 AM