JGASGP Meeting All are welcome to attend Rich Venezia discusses C Files #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Marilyn Golden

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Time: 1:30 PM check in, chat, and schmooze (Optional)

Official program starts promptly at 2:00 *


Speaker: Rich Venezia, an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors


Topic: USCIS Genealogy Program: Certificate Files (C-Files)

Location:  Congregation Rodeph Shalom 615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Philadelphia home. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). He is an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors, especially underutilized record sources and federal records. He also specializes in Italian and Irish research. Additionally, he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy, and is a proud Italian dual citizen. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. He lectures nationwide, and spoke about "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017.

Rich Roots Genealogy




Check out my TEDxPittsburgh talk: Search Youtube for "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots"


Topic:  USCIS Genealogy Program: Certificate Files (C-Files)

SHORT: This lecture will examine the ten different sub-series of C-Files, which document naturalizations or repatriations of individuals from 1906 – 1956, currently available through the USCIS Genealogy Program. It will also introduce A-Files, and specifically discuss when naturalization records would be found in A-Files instead of C-Files, and how to order records from the USCIS Genealogy Program.


FURTHER DETAIL: The C-Files held by the USCIS Genealogy Program include C-Files, OL C-Files, OM C-Files, OS C-Files for naturalized citizens, Derivative A C-Files and Derivative AA C-Files for derivative citizens, and B Certificates, D Certificates, 3904/Series Records, and 129/Series Records for repatriated citizens. Each sub-series is quite unique and the circumstances that would lead to a search for each type of file will be discussed. A brief overview of A-Files will discuss when both a C-File and an A-File might exist, and when naturalization paperwork is found in A-Files as opposed to C-Files.


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*Note that there is SECURED FREE PARKING.

Congregation Rodeph Shalom of Philadelphia, founded in 1795, is the oldest Ashkenazic synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. There is a virtual tour on their website. 


We are meeting in person for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.  We will also livestream this meeting for members only. We are not using Zoom. The link is called Boxcast. 


We will follow all covid protocols for the city of Philadelphia. Currently, mask wearing is mandatory in the building. Bring a mask.  Please join us at this beautiful, historic building for our first hybrid meeting.

Guests are invited to our first in person meeting. Bring a friend!
This meeting will be recorded for members only.  It will be available for one month only.   
Marilyn Mazer Golden, Membership VP
Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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