Genealogy Notebook

Welcome to the Genealogy Notebook!

This tool is a place for the USCIS Genealogy Program to share answers to commonly asked Genealogy research and record questions, research tips, and provide updates. Do you have a genealogy research question you would like to see answered in the Genealogy Notebook? Send us your question.

  • Why Some C-Files May Lack a Declaration of Intention
    USCIS Genealogy records requesters sometimes discover that their subject's Certificate File ("C-File") does not contain a Declaration of Intention record. The Declarations are not missing. Rather, these C-Files...
  • Immigrant Name Changes
    We know from experience that records of entry of many aliens into the United States contain assumed or incorrect names and other errors...
     
  • Immigrant Name Change - Letters
    Read some letters from immigrants explaining their name changes and an essay about immigrants' tendency to change their names…
     
  • Researching Deportation Records
    The USCIS Genealogy mailbox regularly receives questions about locating historical deportation or exclusion records. The question usually follows...
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