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COR 110 Research Guide

Randall Bowman

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Randall Bowman
Archives and Special Collections Department Belk Library Elon University

Genealogical research online

Search these websites to find genealogical information about immigrants to the United States:

Tips for a good search

You may have to try a number of different searches to find useful results.

  • Do different searches, one with the word "immigrant" and one using "emigrant" - you may get different results
  • Search with both the name of the country and the ethnicity - Norway vs. Norwegian
  • Use the search phrases suggested by the database when you start typing
    • you type "irish immigration" and ProQuest suggests "irish immigration to us"
  • If your initial search results in a large number (over 100) of results, then add more terms
    • "irish immigration to us great famine"
  • Search in the library system to find info about the history of immigrants who came to the United States, for example “irish American history”
  • Articles in databases can be very specific
  • You will NOT find the perfect source immediately - research is a process that takes time and you may not find one perfect source
  • If you can't find good sources, ask for help!
    • Chat with Lynne by clicking on the "Ask me now" button on the left side of this page
    • Email Randall by clicking on the "Email Me" button below his photo

Books and eBooks about immigration at Belk Library