The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold a live webinar that should interest many genealogists. Here is the announcement:
How Castle Garden Records Burned in the Ellis Island Fire*
USCIS “Records Found” LIVE Webinar, Friday, May 29, 2015 1:00 PM (Eastern)
Exactly what records burned in the 1897 fire that consumed Ellis Island? Were “some,” “many,” “most,” or “all” records destroyed? Were passenger lists destroyed or “only administrative” records? Some say State and municipal records were burned, but why would those records be at a Federal immigration station? Did we really lose anything in that fire? Join Marian L. Smith and the live USCIS Records Found webinar at 1:00 p.m. ET on Friday, May 29th for answers to these burning questions for New York passenger list research.
More information and links to the handout and the session are at www.uscis.gov/HGWebinars.
* This webinar presentation was previously delivered on March 27, 2015, but suffered audio difficulties. For this reason the presentation will repeat. The webinar is not recorded. Please do not place recording devices near your phone or computer as these cause feedback and prevent others from hearing.
“Records Found” Case Studies – A bi-monthly “teaching with documents” webinar presenting selected documents from among those processed by the USCIS Genealogy Program or found among agency records at the National Archives or online. Professional genealogists, genealogical writers and educators.