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The past courses identified key principles and sources to
use when seeking the town of foreign origin for an immigrant. It is crucial
to recognize that your research efforts should always begin with
sources in the country where the immigrant settled, such as the United States
or Canada. This is because for the vast majority of immigrants, it is these
records, in their new country, which will eventually yield the name of their
ancestral home. And, as we have discussed, there is a wealth of information
in the country where your ancestor settled. However, at some point in your
research into the origins of an immigrant ancestor, you might finally run
out of American sources to search or you might be seeking an immigrant for
whom no American record seems to provide the key information you need. Under
those rare circumstances, you still should not give up. It is possible,
with some immigrants, to properly identify them using sources in their home
country if you:
Do not proceed too quickly into such sources.
Know a lot of information about the immigrant and
his or her family in order to effectively use foreign sources.