Sunday, June 13, 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time:
20th Century Immigration and Naturalization Records
Marisa Louie Lee, independent archival researcher
The National Archives maintains a wealth of records relating to immigration and naturalization in the 20th century. This includes more than one million Alien Case Files ("A-Files") at its facilities in San Francisco, California, and Kansas City, Missouri. Created beginning in 1944, these files relate to noncitizen alien residents of the United States and are a potential wealth of genealogical information. We'll discuss what's in the A-Files, who is documented in them, how to find them at the National Archives, and how to access records that remain with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Marisa Louie Lee is an archival researcher specializing in federal records. While an archivist at the National Archives at San Francisco, she co-authored the article "The A-Files: Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors", published in the Spring 2013 issue of Prologue magazine. A fifth-generation Chinese American, Marisa first worked with federal records as a college student researching her own family's history in the United States. She has presented talks at the California Genealogical Society, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), the Japanese American National Museum (in conjunction with the Nikkei Genealogical Society), and the Chinese Historical Society of America.
Linda Wolfe Kelley, Secretary
Portland, Oregon, USA