Marian Smith, We Salute You!
2008 - For many years,
Marian L. Smith, Historian at the USCIS History Office and Library,
USCIS (formerly INS and now part of the Department of Homeland Security)
has served the Jewish genealogy community. She has given lectures
about immigration, naturalization, and other related documents at
many IAJGS conferences. Most recently, she toured the western part
of the United States presenting her talk "Documenting Immigrants
to America, 1882-1954" to seven local Jewish genealogical societies.
She has also written an info file for JewishGen titled "A
Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations."
Marian has also written an excellent article, "Women
and Naturalization 1802-1940" for the National Archives
and Records Administration. Since the mid-nineteenth century a succession
of laws worked to keep certain women out of naturalization records
and, in many cases, barred their naturalization. Marian's paper
helps the genealogist by taking them through the various laws and
regulations effecting female naturalization over the years and showing
how to research the elusive naturalization records for women.
Marian's articles appear in the National Archives journal Prologue,
the FGS Forum, and other publications. Her research focus primarily
involves official immigration agency records held by the National
For all of your efforts, Marian, the IAJGS Salutes you!
Ron Arons,Chair, IAJGS Salutes chairman
with Gary Mokotoff and Elsebeth Paikin