Finding Town of Origin - United States Immigration
Do You Know When Your Ancestor Immigrated to the United States?
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Click on the Migration Wave Covering the Year Your Ancestor Came to the United States.
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Below is a list of record collections that can give clues to immigration years
Sometimes the immigration year or naturalization year of an ancestor can easily be located by doing a name search in online databases. However, sometimes these can be harder to locate. Below is a list of other records in the United States that can be searched for immigration years. For an article with additional resources and search suggestions see U. S. Immigration Records: Finding the Town of Origin.
Below is a table with possible immigration information found in the United States Census records. The below information can give clues as to when a person immigrated. Beginning in 1850, the United States censuses listed the birthplace of a person. This information can be helpful in knowing the country of origin. These earlier census records can also give clues as to when a family immigrated to the United States if some of the children were born in their homeland country and some in the United States. This is helpful in narrowing down the year of immigration. As noted in the table, some of the later censuses provide an estimated or exact year of immigration as well. NOTE: The immigration years can vary from census to census, especially if the person immigrated as a child and did not remember the year exactly.