Now that we've discussed how to clearly identify the
immigrant, we need to cover another important topic: how to most effectively
search the various records that include immigrants. Of course, each
record is different, and includes unique information about the immigrant
it covers. However, there are some basic aspects of searching the records
that apply to all immigrant situations, regardless of the record, time
period, or ethnic origin of the immigrant.
too often, in our rush to locate information about the town where our
immigrant came from, we overlook other important pieces of information
within the record. If it does not name the town of origin, we set it
aside, paying no attention to the significant information that is in
the record. This is why we have just spent so much time on both minimum
and additional identification elements for our immigrants. Sometimes
it is these very elements of identification we are overlooking when
we do not carefully evaluate a record and glean every bit of information
out of it.