Course curriculum

    1. Meet Your Instructor: Lisa A. Alzo

    2. Course Access: October 31 - November 27, 2022

    3. Course Description and Outline

    4. Learn To Use the Course Player

    5. Before we begin ...

    6. Contact Us

    1. Why Learning US Immigration History is Important

    2. Immigration during the Colonial Era

    3. The Early American Period

    4. A Century of Immigration

    5. Immigration at Mid-Century

    6. Lesson 1 Quiz

    7. Key Points and Ask a Question

    1. Before You Begin: Key Research Principles

    2. Where to Look

    3. Home and Family Sources

    4. Interview Your Relatives

    5. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    6. Key Points and Ask a Question

    1. Introduction

    2. U.S. Census Records

    3. Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths

    4. Religious Records

    5. Military Records

    6. Social Security Death Index and Applications

    7. Obituaries

    8. Additional Records: Getting the Full Picture

    9. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    10. Key Points and Ask a Question

    1. Naturalization Records

    2. Alien Registrations (AR2s and A-Files)

    3. Passenger Lists

    4. Locating Passenger Arrival Records

    5. Port of Departure Records

    6. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    7. Key Points and Ask a Question

    1. Historical Geography

    2. Challenge #1: Is it actually a town?

    3. Challenge #2: How do you spell that?

    4. Challenge #3: Where was the town when your ancestor lived there?

    5. Your Geography Toolbox

    6. Maps

    7. Atlases

    8. Gazetteers

    9. Where Maps and Gazetteers Meet

    10. Skill-Building Exercise and Discussion

    11. Key Points and Ask a Question

About this course

  • $99.99
  • 68 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

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Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. is a professional writer, instructor, and internationally-recognized lecturer. She is the author of 11 books, including The Family Tree Polish, Czech and Slovak Genealogy Guide, and hundreds of magazine articles.

Lisa A. Alzo