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FamilySearch’s latest records update includes 3
million new U.S. naturalization records and Ancestry.com’s indexes for US border
crossings from Canada
to the United States and Mexico
to the United States. Previously, these collections were available online only
through subscription-based sites. (You can find the records on microfilm at National
Archives facilities, the Family History Library and
many large genealogy libraries.)
See the FamilySearch website for
a list of the rest of its recently added records. If you don’t want to search
all the records on the site using the search form on the home page, here’s how to
find the individual databases:
Scroll down on the FamilySearch home page to Browse By Location and click the world
region of interest.
In the filter links on the left side of the page, click the country. (That’s as narrow
as you can get when it comes to places at this time.) In the center of the page, you’ll
see an alphabetical list of all databases pertaining to that country.
Below the place filters, you can use other filters to narrow the database list by
year range and type of record.
Once you’ve narrowed as much as you can, look for the database title in the alphabetical
list in the center of the page. (Most US naturalization records are separated into
databases for the relevant states, so they’re alphabetized under state names for those.)
Using your browser’s Find function (Control+F or Apple+F) to search for a word in
the title of the database you need will help you sidestep some inconsistent titling
that can make a few collections hard to find.
For example, Revolutionary War pension records are in the database “Revolutionary
War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications Files,” listed with the Rs,
but Revolutionary War service records are in the database titled “United States, Revolutionary
War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783”—listed with the Us.
Also, “United States, Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918” isn’t
listed near the naturalization records from US District Courts, which are alphabetized
by the name of the state the records are from, or with the WWII records in “United
States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942.”
I noticed those WWI soldier naturalizations don’t show up when you use the Migration
& Naturalization or Military Records filter (but they are included in the Court
Records). I sent a comment about it; if you find a categorization or other quirk,
you can comment using the orange Feedback tab on the right side of the site’s pages.