Wednesday, May 27, 2015

561. Webinar on Castle Garden Friday

[I had several relatives enter the country through New York's Castle Garden facility, so I was interested in a recent posting at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter about the following presentation. I've never used a USCIS program before, but I plan to log into this one (assuming space is available). Castle Garden preceded Ellis Island and millions of immigrants came through there; were any of yours among them?

USCIS “Records Found” LIVE Webinar, Friday, May 29, 2015 1:00 PM (Eastern) ***Send myself a reminder on this webinar.***
How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire*
Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island?  Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed?  Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records?  Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station?  Did we really lose anything in that fire?  Join Marian L. Smith and the live USCIS Records Found webinar at 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 29th for answers to these burning questions for New York passenger list research.

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