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More on USCIS Proposes Fee Increases - has this been posted on FB groups, yet?

Marjorie Geiser
 

I've tried to stay on top of all the posts on this topic, and even spent some time trying to read all the legal-talk on the website yesterday.
So, if this has already been asked, my apologies.

Has this been shared on all the genealogy Facebook groups, yet, in order to get the word out? I was going to post on some of the groups I'm on, but I didn't want to duplicate the notice.

Also, the site that's been put together for genealogists might have been updated further since I was on it, yesterday, but reading the materials indicates that just saying it's a shame the rates are going  up won't carry as much weight as details of what the proposition is, as well as perhaps how it will impact each of us who writes, personally.

MY personal observation is I JUST received the email saying that naturalization papers were found for my g-aunt, Helen LEVINE DENISON, and then if I just pay $65 for each (which is two), I can get copies. Even at THIS amount, I'm hesitating, trying to find the forms on my own.... But I also feel that my days are numbered if there aren't thousands of people who contact them.

Margie Geiser

LEVINE/LEWIN, SILBERNAGEL/SILVER, EPSTEJN, MOCZYDLOWER/MOCHEDLOVER, ERLICH, GRUNPELTZ, JOSKOWICZ, ZYLBERSZTEJN, ABRAHAMOWICZ

jbonline1111@...
 

I suggest that members of genealogy groups share this information with those groups, whether online or in real time. Don't assume that someone else is doing so.  I would hesitate to pay $65, let alone $400, for a document. I would try familysearch first.  Not all of us can fund our genealogy research so generously.  

Mark Jacobson
 

"I would try familysearch first. "
The problem here is that USCIS has visa files, alien registration files and other documents that aren't on familysearch and never will be, unless there comes a time they transfer the files to the National Archives. And it doesn't look like that is happening. For regular naturalization records you should always try ancestry and familysearch first, then the National Archives, but for many USCIS files there is no alternative to USCIS if you need the information, including documents with photographs.

Mark Jacobson
Past President, JGSPBCI
Gesher Galicia Board member
JRI-Poland Town Leader Boryslaw and Drohobycz
Boca Raton, FL

DOGULOV/DOVGALEVSKY - Tripolye/Rzhyshchyv Ukraine;
COHEN/KANA/KAHAN - Tripolye, Ukraine;
JACOBSON - Polotsk/Lepel, Belarus; KOBLENTZ - Polotsk, Belarus;
KAMERMAN/KAMMERMANN, WEGNER - Drohobycz, Galicia;
KOPPEL - Stebnik/Drohobycz, Galicia;
JACOBI - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia; ROTHLEIN - Stratyn/Rohatyn, Galicia;
TUCHFELD - Rzeszow/Stryj/Lvov, Galicia; GOLDSTEIN - Ranizow, Galicia


On Saturday, November 23, 2019, 06:28:20 PM EST, <jbonline1111@...> wrote:


I suggest that members of genealogy groups share this information with those groups, whether online or in real time. Don't assume that someone else is doing so.  I would hesitate to pay $65, let alone $400, for a document. I would try familysearch first.  Not all of us can fund our genealogy research so generously.