Monday, February 06, 2006

Immigrant Ancestors Project

The Immigrant Ancestors Project should perhaps be called the "Emigrant Ancestors Project." The aim is to use "emigration registers to locate information about the birthplaces of immigrants in their native countries, which is not found in the port registers and naturalization documents in the destination countries." The resulting database will have info on millions of immigrants to America between 1500 and 1940. Data in Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, and Italy is currently being extracted.

The Project is looking for volunteers to transcribe the digitized records—especially volunteers who can tell an umlaut from a cedilla.