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Marian L. SmithThe Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon

Invites you, your family and friends to the

October 18, 2015 Program

Researching USCIS Records

1:00 PM Congregation Ahavath Achim

3225 Southwest Barbur Boulevard 
Portland, OR

US Citizenship and Immigration Services historical records expert Marian L. Smith will present “Researching USCIS Records,” an overview of the Federal immigration agency’s records housed both at the National Archives (NARA) and USCIS.  The talk will include examples, identify finding aids, and explain research procedures.  Join us . . .


Marian L. Smith specializes in the history and uses of immigration and naturalization records.  She served as Chief Historian for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1988 to 2003, then its successor the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from 2003 to 2014.  During that time her articles appeared in the National Archives journal Prologue, the FGS Forum, and other publications.  Marian now serves the USCIS Records Division as an historical records subject matter expert, whose current work focuses on automation, digitization, data integrity, and training.


Please come early if you would like help from or to give help to other genealogists. 

Needed - Two people that can arrive when the doors open at 12:30 to help set up the A/V equipment and screen.

Cost: The program is free to 2015 JGSO members. We request a $5 contribution from nonmembers.  That fee can be applied to a membership should you decide to join JGSO at this meeting.

For more information about the program, please write to  or call Barbara Hershey at 503-249-1976.

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