Saturday, April 20, 2013

Speaker Profile-Patricia "Trish" Hackett Nicola, CG

Thursday, 11:00 a.m., T222, “Chinese Exclusion Act: A Genealogical Goldmine”

Learn about the history of the Act, the paper work created, how and where to find the files, and the genealogical gems found in them.

Imagine finding files with photos of your ancestor over a 50-year period or hand-drawn detailed maps of the tiny village where he was born, or a list of the fifteen members of his business partnership and their share of ownership.  Who had to register for the Act? What identifying information was included on certificate of residency or identity? What is a “paper son” or a “coaching letter?”  When and why were Caucasians mentioned in the files? See examples of the intriguing documents that are found in the almost 400,000 files created by the Act from its inception in 1882 until it was repealed in 1943.

Chin Hing Yee, 1901-1924, Chinese Exclusion Act immigration case files, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Record Group 85, National Archives-Pacific Region (Seattle), Case 2355.


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