Our Immigrant Ancestors: Immigration to the United States, 1850s to 1930s | Newberry

Our Immigrant Ancestors: Immigration to the United States, 1850s to 1930s

Led by Jaymie P. Middendorf
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Two sessions, Saturdays, July 17 - July 24

2 - 3:30 pm (Central Time)


Full. Email seminars@newberry.org to be added to the wait list.

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet virtually via Zoom. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to seminars@newberry.org.

Seminar Description

Discover your ancestors' immigration stories. Focusing on emigration from Europe to the United States between 1850 and 1940, this seminar will explore the major European ports of departure, major American ports of arrival, passenger lists, and ships. Learn where to find helpful resources and digitized records, with additional emphasis on locating and understanding passenger lists.

Two sessions. Registration – $85

Jaymie Middendorf is a public librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history research. She holds a Certificate of Genealogical Research from Boston University and volunteers as the Honors & Awards Chair of the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this seminar.

First Reading:

  • There is no required reading for this seminar.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.