Worth More than Gold or Silver – MyHeritage’s U.S. Naturalization Records, Northern California, 1852-1989 Collection

Sharon Monson
Sep 29, 2023
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Welcome
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Introduction
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1906 Changes to Naturalization
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MyHeritage Card Index Collection
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Finding Original Records
4m 43s
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Searching the Collection
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Naturalization Clues in the Census
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Naturalization Ceremonies Today
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Announcements / prize
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Questions / answers
9m 48s

About this webinar

This Index is all about immigrants – over 544,000 of them – and spans 137 years! They came to California for various reasons and took a chance for a new life as a US citizen. Finding an immigrant is easier due to multiple search options. Minimal info is not a problem!

About the speakers

About the speakers

Sharon D. Monson is a professional genealogist, creator of the Genealogy Kit, and author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources. She is a frequent  presenter at local, state and national conferences. Her extensive research experience in co
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MyHeritage is the leading global destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. Our platform and DNA kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere to embark on a meaningful journey into their past and treasure their family stories fo
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  1. JH
    Jane Harmon
    7 months ago

    We (almost) all came from one or more immigrants. Sharon Monson’s clear portrayal, both through her description of the history of the paths immigrants have taken to citizenship throughout much of our history and through a moving modern citizenship ceremony, is wonderful. The MyHeritage card index collection for Northern California naturalizations provides a great launching place, thanks to those records, for so much further research. Here’s hoping for further such collections for the rest of the US.

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  2. MD
    Michaelene Duncan
    7 months ago

    So many nuggets. I better understand next steps based on the information I find. Thank you.

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  3. BL
    Barbara L. Stanford
    7 months ago

    What a great speaker Ms. Monson is! She presented a very informative webinar on searching California Naturalization Records. I don’t have any ancestors who went to CA, as most of my main ones entered South Carolina in the 1700’s. Oh how I wish Ms. Monson or other speaker would do a webinar on people coming from Germany via Rotterdam in through the port of Charles Towne (Charleston) SC. It is so hard to find where they came from in Germany in the 1750’s! Thanks so much for Webtember – a wonderful series!

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    Patricia Diane Godinez
    7 months ago

    This was an excellent webinar. I liked all the information and will use it to find my ancestors. I also remembered back to the day when I had my naturalization ceremony in San Diego, California. Thanks for helping me to recall that great day.

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  5. FJ
    Francis Jenkins
    7 months ago

    This webinar was very informative. Being an African American, I’ve used similar information to trace my ancestor’s enslaved back to Scotland and Ireland. I’m going to use this information to research their ancestors.

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  6. RD
    Rosalyn Dowling
    7 months ago

    Very informative, helpful & interesting presentation! Thank you, Sharon! Thanks to Legacy, Geoff & Marian! Great Webtember series!

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  7. RE
    Ralph Edwards
    7 months ago

    She was easy to follow and understand. She was not in a hurry as so many others are to finish but presented in a manner that made this worthwhile.

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  8. RA
    Rita Abramoski
    7 months ago

    Wow! The webinar just flew by. I loved the examples of how to search by only one piece of information. I was also fascinated by the pictures from the Naturalization Ceremony at Timpanogos Cave. Naturalization ceremonies are held here in Erie, but I never attended one.

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