In the latest series of laminated guide for family historians, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, presents The Portable Genealogist. Last week I reviewed one of the handful of guides in this new series, The Portable Genealogist: New York State Census. This week I will summarize The Portable Genealogist: Immigration to the U.S., by Rhonda R. McClure, Genealogist at NEHGS.
What you will find in this new guide:
Page 1 opens with a brief introduction followed by a chart indicating major migration periods and peoples. This is followed by a chart and notes on immigration information found in the U.S. censuses, from 1820 to 1940.
Page 2 breaks out information on immigration records from the 17th and 18th century, as well as the 19th century. There is also a sample from an 1820 New York Passenger List.
Page 3 continues 19th century records along with 20th century records. The sample on this page is for a 1908 Passenger List.
Page 4 offers another easy to read chart, broken down by year groups, showing general information as asked on passenger lists; includes such questions as name, age, occupation, country of origin, even a place to mark is the person died during the voyage. This last page also offers additional recommended resources.
Contents also include a few tips set to stand out in their own colored boxes. This is a two-color guide, four-page laminated guide, pre-punched three hole for easy insertion into a binder.