Friday, December 9, 2011

Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: Immigration Research"

The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for Immigration Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG, MFA.

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). They are designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

The "Genealogy at a Glance: Immigration Research" folder has these subjects:

* Contents list
* Quick Facts and Important Dates
* Immigration History Background - Migration Factors, Immigration by Time Period, Chain Migration
* Ports of Arrival
* Determining Your Ancestor's Time of Arrival 
* Passenger Arrival Lists - Pre-1820, 1820-ca. 1891, ca. 1891-1950s
* Passenger Arrival lists Online
*  Microfilmed Indexes and Lists
* Naturalization Records

This booklet is designed primarily for the person who is not an expert, or has no experience, in immigration research.  It provides a summary of the fundamentals of immigration research in the USA.  Reference books, online databases and websites for each topic are cited in the text.  A researcher wanting additional expertise would rely on quality published books with in-depth knowledge about the resources available. 

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, it is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" folders is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $8.95. You can order it through the Store, or use the link for the Immigration Research booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.

I reviewed several similar works in Book Review: Genealogy at a Glance: "How-To" Series (French-Canadian, Scottish and Irish), Book Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: German Genealogy Research," and Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: English Genealogy Research."

Disclosure: contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review.

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