Learn about Passports and Citizenship & Immigration laws with Rich Venezia.
Session 1: Passports of Our Ancestors.
Our ancestors – native-born or naturalized – may have applied for U.S. passports if they ever traveled abroad (a requirement after 1941). Learn about how to obtain their passport applications, and what other related records may exist.
Session 2: When "I Do" Meant Losing Your Country and Other Citizenship & Immigration Law Peculiarities.
Immigration and naturalization law has constantly changed over the years, and sometimes, ancestors were caught in the crosshairs – both native-born citizens and immigrants alike.
Rich Venezia is a New Jersey native who now calls Philadelphia home. He founded Rich Roots Genealogy in 2013. He was a member of the research team of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) for two seasons, and also consulted on Follow Your Past (Travel Channel). He is an expert in the research of 20th-century immigrant ancestors, especially underutilized record sources and federal records. He also specializes in Italian and Irish research. Additionally, he assists clients with dual citizenship applications for Ireland and Italy, and is a proud Italian dual citizen. He holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. He lectures nationwide, and spoke about "How to Grow Empathy From Uncovering Your Roots" at TEDx Pittsburgh 2017.
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