Marian Smith United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Speaker at May 5 JGS Conejo Valley and Ventura County Meeting

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV) will hold a general meeting, co-sponsored with and located at Temple Adat Elohim, on Sunday, May 5, 2013 1:30-3:30 Temple Adat Elohim
2420 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA

The Program: Obscure Records of Citizenship and Immigration

Not all naturalization and citizenship documents can be found at the National Archives.  This presentation will focus on lesser-known federal records of derived citizenship, repatriation, and correspondence covering a variety of citizenship-related problems and topics.  While the records discussed were created after 1906 some involve events that occurred years or decades before.  In addition to case studies and examples, the presentation will provide guidance for researching the records at either USCIS or the National Archives.

Speaker: Marian Smith is Chief of the Historical Research Branch within the USCIS in Washington. D.C. She is an Historian who first joined that organization in 1988 when it was the INS.  For many years she was a regular speaker at national genealogy conferences and the author of genealogical journal articles about immigration and naturalization history and records.  She now directs the agency’s History, Library, and fee-for-service Genealogy programs. 

On March 1, 2003, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) assumed responsibility for the immigration service functions of the federal government. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was dismantled as a result of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107–296, 116 Stat. 2135) which separated the agency into three components within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants.

Our schmoozing corner starts 20 minutes before the program (1:10 p.m.) facilitated by Hal Bookbinder, founding member of JGSCV and past president of the IAJGS and current member of the JewishGen Board of Governors. The schmoozing corner is to talk with a senior member about suggestions for breaking down your brick walls or obtaining suggestions on where to research for your family history.

We will have Categories A & B of our traveling library available beginning at 1:00 PM to shortly after the meeting. The list of books which are in the JGSCV library is located on our website  under library-traveling.

There is no charge to attend the meeting and all are welcome to attend.  Membership forms are available at the meeting, on the  website. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. Dues paid are good through December 2013.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County is dedicated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history.

For more information, including directions please see the JGSCV website:

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV


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