FamilySearch Wiki ~ Tracing Immigrant Origins

A wealth of information is often easily found on the FamilySearch Wiki when you search for a category righter than by location.

Working with a cousin recently, we immediately encountered a brick wall tied to her immigrant ancestors.  Where could we find a broad spectrum of resources and research hints that would help us find records about them?  The typical records weren’t giving up their clues because of they had changed their names when they entered America.  The Ellis Island record give their birth surname but how could we find more about their lineage?

The solution was to search the FamilySearch Wiki and think out of the box by using the key words “Immigrant Ancestors”.   One of the search results was “Tracing Immigrant Origins” which was exactly what we wanted.  Additionally, there were more than one article with those words in the title.  The best selection was the link to the Category “Tracing Immigrant Origins”

Let’s take a look at the literal gold mine of information that resulted from that single search result:

The category listing covered far more research topics than we had thought to include in our searches.  It even included an article about immigrant origins search tactics.



Rather than list screen caps of all of the articles, I’ve only included one.  You can go the the category page and click on all of the links at your leisure and for your pleasure.






The answers we needed were all in the article.  The ancestral hunt is on again in full swing.  Hopefully, we’ll quickly find the clues we need to give her a set of known ancestors from Europe complete with their dates and locations. that establish a solid footing for her European research.

Have you seen these wiki articles and used them to help in your own research?  If not, once again, do yourself a favor and implement them in your own research quest.

Copyright (c) Lee Drew 2013-06-08 07:00:00
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