Tracing Immigrants Arrival Biography
|Tracing Immigrant Origins|
|News and Events|
|Part 1. General|
|Part 2. Country of Arrival|
|Part 3. Country of Origin|
|For Further Reading|
|The Family History Library and other major research libraries have thousands of biographical books, articles, films, and microfiche. Such works often provide exact information on an immigrant's origin. If not, they may have clues that could help you find it. Biographies may suggest an ethnic background or give the original spelling of the surname or locality.
Biographical sketches are often found in local collective biographical works and local histories. These were very common in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Many other biographical records have been published.
Two sources that can help you find out if a biographical sketch may have been written about your ancestor are—