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Nimby5956
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Reverse Search?

Postby Nimby5956 » 17 Feb 2011, 00:33

Everyone knows there are records (passenger lists) of Italians coming to the US....My question is there anyway to search if/when they left the US - never to return?

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Re: Reverse Search?

Postby maestra36 » 17 Feb 2011, 01:30

Individual Italian towns kept track of the goings and comings of their residents, so you may want to contact the town to see if they have a date when your ancestor left the U.S. and returned there. Even if the town doesn't have the exact date your ancestor left the U.S., the town should have the date your ancestor returned there.

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Re: Reverse Search?

Postby Nimby5956 » 17 Feb 2011, 01:49

Peg:

Thanks!
Love this forum - everyone is so knowledgeable and eager to assist!

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Re: Reverse Search?

Postby pmaltempo » 20 Feb 2011, 15:34

At various times passports were required, suggested, or not needed at all to leave the US. Passport applications can be an excellent source of genealogical information, especially about foreign-born individuals. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has passport applications from Oct. 1795-Mar. 1925; the U.S. Department of State has passport applications from Apr. 1925 to the present.

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Re: Reverse Search?

Postby maestra36 » 20 Feb 2011, 16:03

A few problems with passports, even though they can be a great source of genealogical info, if your ancestor had one -

They weren't always required and were, except during two brief periods (in March of 1863 to March of 1866, and from March 2, 1907 to June 4, 1920), only issued to native born or naturalized citizens. During those two exception periods, if an immigrant had started the naturalization process, he could be issued a passport even though he wasn't yet a naturalized citizen. Passports were only required during the Civil War, from May 22, 1918 until 1921, and since June 21, 1941.

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Re: Reverse Search?

Postby pmaltempo » 20 Feb 2011, 16:49

You are so right on that one. Finding a passport app is indeed a rare occurance.... a mighty big IF.... but a real gem if you do find one.


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