Speaker-October 2020


 October 17, 2020

 “Immigration Ports of Entry”

Presented by: Christine Cohen

About 47 million people immigrated to the United States between 1607 to 1990, and about 70% entered through the Port of New York. Immigrants also entered through other ports such as Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Providence, or through Canada and Mexico. To explore how to locate when and where your ancestor entered the United States, Christine Cohen will review the websites and resources to locate clues to these ports. State censuses, voter registrations, WWI draft registrations and passport applications can provide immigration details. Have you researched who your ancestor was meeting in the U.S.? Have you used PERSI to learn why a port may have been chosen? Have you ordered a Registry file from the USCIS? And, did your ancestor enter the United States several times as a “Bird of Passage”? Join us as our speaker discusses how to research your immigrant ancestor’s port of entry.

About the speaker: Christine Cohen is a long-time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and has served in many capacities, including President. In addition to WAGS, she’s also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Daughters of Holland Dames and the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Her interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series “Roots” and was piqued when she found a typed pedigree chart of her Dutch heritage from the New Netherlands in the 1660s. She is a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in Political Science and has worked for Vitol Aviation Company since 1993. She has given presentations to numerous genealogical societies.

This month we will be offering our speaker’s presentation by webinar! More details and a link to register for the webinar will be emailed to all SOCCGS members.

Meeting Place: Online

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.