JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Marian Smith United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Speaker at May 5 JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Meeting #general

Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
(JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co-sponsored with and located at
Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, May 5, 2013 1:30-3:30 Temple Adat Elohim
2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

The Program: Obscure Records of Citizenship and Immigration

Not all naturalization and citizenship documents can be found at the
National Archives. This presentation will focus on lesser-known federal
records of derived citizenship, repatriation, and correspondence covering a
variety of citizenship-related problems and topics. While the records
discussed were created after 1906 some involve events that occurred
years or decades before. In addition to case studies and examples, the
presentation will provide guidance for researching the records at either
USCIS or the National Archives.

Speaker: Marian Smith is Chief of the Historical Research Branch within
the USCIS in Washington. D.C. She is an Historian who first joined that
organization in 1988 when it was the INS. For many years she was a regular
speaker at national genealogy conferences and the author of genealogical
journal articles about immigration and naturalization history and

She now directs the agency's History, Library, and fee-for-service
Genealogy programs.

On March 1, 2003, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
assumed responsibility for the immigration service functions of the federal
government. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was dismantled
as a result of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107=96296,
116 Stat. 2135) which separated the agency into three components within the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The USCIS Genealogy Program is a
fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to
historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants.

Our schmoozing corner starts 20 minutes before the program (1:10 p.m.)
facilitated by Hal Bookbinder, founding member of JGSCV and past president
of the IAJGS and current member of the JewishGen Board of Governors. The
schmoozing corner is to talk with a senior member about suggestions for
breaking down your brick walls or obtaining suggestions on where to
research for your family history.

We will have Categories A & B of our traveling library available
beginning at 1:00 PM to shortly after the meeting. The list of books which
are in the JGSCV library is located on our website under library-traveling.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend.
Membership forms are available at the meeting, on the
website. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family.
Dues paid are good through December 2013.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research
tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

For more information, including directions please see the JGSCV website:

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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