What Does "Know a Lot" Mean?
information will be the result of your searches in the records of their
new home. It will include the minimum identification we discussed in the
first few lessons. It should include some idea of the area or region within
a foreign country whence the immigrant came, for instance Yorkshire, rather
than England, or Hesse rather than Prussia. It may also include immigration
information (dates, ship names, etc.) and other potentially identifying
Once you have these minimum identification standards
and have organized everything so you will have that information at your
fingertips, then proceed to some foreign sources.
Just as with North American records, there is a useful
approach to searching these foreign records. The process can be seen as
a set of research "tactics" by which the family historian searches the
most useful and readily available sources first, followed by other sources,
depending on how much one has learned about the immigrant. This lesson
outlines those tactics. The following seven lessons will identify the
different kinds of sources used in these various tactics.