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Immigrant Ancestors Talk at San Luis Obispo County Genealogy Society today! This is one of my favorite presentations – “Coming to America: Castle Garden, Ellis Island & Immigrant Ancestors” – and it begins at 1:45 pm at 520 Dana Street, San Luis Obispo, California. The general meeting starts at 12:15 pm.

This talk is based on my new guide, Discovering Immigrant Ancestors, a 77-page PDF with 25 pages of active links to immigration and naturalization resources and an overview of immigration from Europe to America in the 19th and twentieth centuries.

There are five parts to my talk, as this is a hybrid of two presentations. In the first part, we’ll follow in the footsteps of European immigrant ancestors who approached America’s “front doors to freedom” through the Customs House, Castle Garden, or Ellis Island in the 19th and 20th centuries. The second part, I’ll talk about essential and little-known resources for finding your immigrant ancestors.

Looking forward to seeing you for the Immigrant Ancestors talk at SLOCGS.

    1. Leaving the Old World
    2. Voyaging to the New World
    3. Arriving in New York
      • U.S. Customs House
      • Castle Garden
      • Barge Office
      • Ellis Island
    4. Staying in America
    5. Finding Migration Records