Monday, September 3, 2012

Matrilinear Monday: Identifying an Ancestor's Birth Place off of a Passport Application

      Researching my Irish line reminded me of a helpful hint for any foreign born lines. Ancestry.com has a collection called "U.S. Passport Applications, 1795 to 1925." Passport applications list the applicant's place of birth. For my Luxembourger ancestor - who applied in the 1890s - this does not include his home village. However, the application does provide details of his immigration and naturalization. The naturalization papers might indicate a full birthplace. In the 1920s, the application form included one, even more helpful, feature. If the applicant was female and unmarried, she had to list her father's birthplace. Play around with the collection. You never know what you may find.

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