Phoenix JGG October 14 presentation: Marian L. Smith on "Researching USCIS Records" #general
In honor of International Jewish Genealogy Month, the Phoenix Jewish
Genealogy Group is pleased to welcome Marian L. Smith, historian with
the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, on Wednesday evening,
October 14, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage
Center, 122 E. Culver Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.
She will present "Researching USCIS Records" - an overview of the
Federal immigration agency's records housed both at the National
Archives (NARA) and USCIS. The talk will include examples, identify
finding aids, and explain research procedures. USCIS and NARA records
often contain information critical to determining our ancestors'
original names, circumstances of immigration and applications for
Marian L. Smith specializes in the history and uses of immigration and
naturalization records. She served as Chief Historian for the
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) >from 1988 to 2003, then
its successor the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from
2003 to 2014. During that time her articles appeared in the National
Archives journal Prologue, the FGS Forum, and other publications.
Marian now serves the USCIS Records Division as an historical records
subject matter expert, whose current work focuses on automation,
digitization, data integrity, and training.
This event is open to all who are interested. Admission is free to
members of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and $5.00 for
non-members. For further information, contact Emily Garber at
The Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group is a committee of the Arizona
Jewish Historical Society. https://www.azjhs.org/Genealogy.html
We are indebted to the late Pamela Weisberger, who initiated planning
to invite Marian L. Smith out West and included the Phoenix Jewish Genealogy
Group in the discussions.
Chair, Phoenix Jewish Genealogy Group