Posted tagged ‘genealogy’

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

June 28, 2013

This is a massive set of genealogy microfiche. It is located in the cabinets in the vault right after the drawers that are organized by LC call number. They’re arranged by location, then alphabetically by surname. There is a 1988 edition and a 1992 edition, and the drawers are labeled as such.


Federal Naturalization Records

June 25, 2013

The USCIS has naturalization certificates from 1906-1956. Researchers can submit questions/requests by e-mail to I couldn’t find a phone number on the website.

USCIS also has C-files that include information about people who received derivative citizenship.

Additional genealogy info from USCIS:

Centennial Family Certificates

June 24, 2013

RG 91-220 has the application files, but no actual certificates. Per Tom @ Michigan Genealogical Council, the council didn’t keep the certificates and doesn’t reissue them. Researchers should contact ancestors listed on the application or their heirs.

These records are different from Centennial Farm files and from Sesquicentennial Pioneer files.

Pre-Civil War Military Rosters

June 24, 2013

Pre-Civil War military rosters can be found in Michigan’s Early Military Forces (on shelves behind the reference desk).

Genealogy 101: Census Records

June 24, 2013
  • All available federal population schedules (1790-1940) are on Ancestry.
  • Each year has different questions, so always advise people to check as many years as they can.
  • You usually get better results by giving less info.
  • 1900-1930 schedules give immigration/naturalization info (year of immigration, Pa=papers filed, Al=Alien, Na=Naturalized)
  • Starting in 1850, all members of a household are listed by name. Prior to that, only the head of household was listed.
  • Records got considerably more detailed after 1900.
  • 1890 federal census was destroyed in a fire. State censuses can sometimes fill gaps.
  • 1884 MI census asks number of years living in the state. 1894 MI census asks number of years living in the US.