Your First American Ancestors: Finding and Using Immigration and Naturalization Records


Most people living in the United States today have ancestors who came to this continent from someplace else. From the 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower to the 28 million immigrants who arrived between 1880 and 1930, to those who became Americans in more recent years, they generally left some kind of paper trail.

On Dec. 14, professional genealogist Jan Isosaari will join the Baldwin County Genealogical Society to help members and guests navigate that trail. She’ll explain what kind of records exist, how they differ over time, and how to find them. The meeting will be held at the Foley Public Library at 10 a.m.

Isosaari has 20 years of genealogical experience researching her own family back into Quebec and France. She holds a Certification of Genealogical Research from Boston University, is a graduate of ProGen, and is "on the clock" with the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Guests are welcome and encouraged to stick around after the presentation for light refreshments, networking with other family historians, and open discussion of brick walls, breakthroughs, and other research topics.