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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:27 AM

The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock. The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigratio

Source: Washington Post

The genealogy boom has hit a roadblock. The Trump administration plans huge fee hikes for immigration records.

By Sydney Trent
12/5/2019, 5:56:58 p.m.

At a time when researching family history is booming, the nation’s immigration and citizenship agency has proposed dramatically hiking fees to access records from the first half of the 20th century. The move has outraged professional and amateur genealogists, who argue that the increase would effectively put valuable immigration information out of reach for many.

The fees would nearly triple, and in many cases, they would rise nearly 500 percent, from $130 to $625 to obtain a single paper file. The little-known Genealogy Program administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services allows genealogists, family historians and other researchers to obtain citizenship and alien registration files, visa applications and other records documenting the lives of deceased immigrants who arrived in the United States between the late 19th and mid-20th centuries.

The waves of western and southern Europeans who came through Ellis Island at the turn of the century are included in the records, as are Jews who sought refuge from Nazi Germany before World War II and Mexican guest farmworkers who helped stem the labor shortage during the conflict. They were followed by Holocaust survivors and those fleeing Communist rule in Central Europe and the Soviet Union.

The files sometimes include hundreds of pages, documenting long waits at Ellis Island or, in the case of Japanese, Italians and Germans who lived in the United States during World War II, FBI reports about the immigrant’s friends, family and political activities.

The fee increase “has to be very important to anyone who does hobbyist genealogy. It would make it impossible for most average people to access” the files, said Rich Venezia, a Pittsburgh-based professional genealogist who teaches courses on how to obtain the USCIS records.

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Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:30 AM

1. Think Mormons will complain?

The Mormons . Genealogy and the Mormon Archives | PBS
https://www.pbs.org › mormons › etc › genealogy
Apr 30, 2007 - Mormons trace their family trees to find the names of ancestors who died without learning about the restored Mormon Gospel so that these relatives from past generations can be baptized by proxy in the temple. For Latter-day Saints, genealogy is a way to save more souls and strengthen the eternal family unit.

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Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 6, 2019, 12:33 AM

2. That was my first thought as well

ill be sending this story to my Mormon trump supporting siblings.

ZOmbieRomney is deathly quiet once again.

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