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Lesson 1: Clues from the Census Records

It does not take most family historians long to learn about census records. They are a mainstay of much of the initial research most people conduct. However, as we deal with immigration, the experienced researcher will quickly point out that an immigrant's birth town is not given on census records.

Just how can census records help to locate an immigrant's origins?

Welcome to a New Course

Congratulations! You've completed our introductory course in Tracing Immigrant Origins. In that course, you have learned two important concepts about tracking the origins of your immigrant origins:

  • You must carefully identify the immigrant and thoroughly search the records in order to make sure that you have indeed located the correct person when you get to records in the old country.

  • Recent immigrants (those who arrived in the twentieth century) are documented in a variety of sources and are usually the easiest of immigrants to locate.

Now, since you have completed the previous lessons and (hopefully) the assignments as well, you are prepared to move forward.

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