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Okay, sounded good. I'm especially interested in the Naturalization Records for Southern California, since several of my society colleagues have been looking for their ancestors who naturalized here.
The top of the special Immigration Collection page looks like this:
I put Last Name = "seaver" and picked "San Diego County, California" in order to narrow the search.
Further down the page is an interesting timeline - the user can use the "magic hand" feature to advance it one way or another:
Over on the right-hand sidebar are links to articles and research tips. There was a link for a slide show about the Ellis Island experience, which was 14 slides with limited explanations, but it was interesting:
Back to my search for Seaver persons naturalized in Southern California. I received 151 matches for my query - here's the top of the page:
I clicked on the entry for William Seaver (the fifth one down) so as to see what information is provided. Here is the image:
Phone: (951) 956-2000
William Seaver in the above example is not my ancestor or a close relative. However, I am interested in every person with a Seaver surname, and this information might aid another researcher who is a descendant of William Seaver.