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Any person who legally immigrates to the United States will have an immigration record. This includes those who came through Ellis Island and those who entered in other ways and later obtained their green cards. It serves as a complete history of that individual and their experience in the country.
An immigration record will list the individual’s name and when they entered the US. If the person came and left multiple times, the record will also show that. This often happens among immigrants who went back home to care for their families and later returned to the US.
Immigration records are helpful because they show you both the country where the individual came from and their name. You often hear stories about immigrants who changed their names upon arrival. A big reason why you may have trouble finding your ancestors in other records is that they went by different names. This is especially common in those from Eastern European regions because immigration officials had a hard time spelling their names. Many resources allow you to search for a specific name and similar names. This helps you find any names your ancestors used before they reached America along with names they used after they settled here.
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