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They came in ships
Colletta, John Philip, 1949-
Publication Information:
Salt Lake City, UT : Ancestry Pub., [1989]

Physical Description:
65 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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CS49 .C63 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
CS49 .C63 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
CS49 .C63 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room Non-Circ
CS49 .C63 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room Non-Circ
CS49 .C63 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Chances are excellent that your ancestors came to America from somewhere-England, Spain, Germany, China, Africa. Can you imagine how they felt as they left their homes, what they left behind? Do you want to know? Would you know where to even start looking for the details? Author and genealogist John P. Colletta prepares you to undertake the search. He tells you not only what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestor before beginning, but suggests where you may find that information as well.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Irvine, a teacher in British Columbia, has teamed up with one of the leading genealogy publishers to give us a fine handbook for English genealogy research. Irvine focuses on how to use the many unpublished resources available in North America at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, many FHL branch libraries, and FH Centers located in local Latter Day Saints churches and other larger libraries. In addition, Irvine outlines research in English repositories. Her nuts-and-bolts approach to relatively accessible material sets this book apart from other handbooks. Essential for the institutional as well as the home market. Colletta's work, revised since it was first published in 1989, provides a helpful discussion of biographical and genealogical information and other migration details that may be found in passenger lists. Four information-filled chapters provide help on acquiring the information needed to search for passenger lists. The annotated bibliography is excellent, though the book still lacks an index. Researchers in the ship passenger list and immigration field should read this book, along with Michael H. Tepper's American Passenger Arrival Records (Genealogical Pubs., 1988). Essential.-- Judith P. Reid, Lib. of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Perhaps most useful to persons unaccustomed to research methods, this guide takes an informal, simply stated approach to using passenger lists--even to the point of cautioning the microfilm user to return the film to the right place in the right drawer. The step-by-step approach organizes searching into the pre-1820 and post-1820 period when legislation required the submission of passenger lists by ships' captains. For more practiced searchers, such discussions of passenger lists, as appear (beginning on page 41) in the US National Archives and Records Service's Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives (1982) would be sufficient. -V. L. Close, Dartmouth College