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      Saturday, Oct 12 - CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT CASE FILES: A TREASURE TROVE OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS in Oakland


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      October 12, 2019

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      Saturday, Oct 12 - CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT CASE FILES: A TREASURE TROVE OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

      CHINESE EXCLUSION ACT CASE FILES: A TREASURE TROVE OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS     with Trish Hackett Nicola    October 12, 2019   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM   ( PLEASE NOTE: This class is a repeat of the Chinese Exclusion Act class from Thursday October 10th, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm )     The purpose of the Chinese Exclusion Act was to limit the number of Chinese entering the United States, exclude laborers, and prevent the Chinese already here from becoming naturalized citizens. This presentation will include background information about what was happening in China and the U.S. leading up to passage of the Act, and give you examples of the types of documents that were created for Chinese individuals over the sixty-one years the Act was in existence. Any time the Chinese, even those born in the U.S., wanted to leave the country, whether to Canada or China, they needed to obtain proper documentation to assure their re-entry into the country. The National Archives-Seattle has over 50,000 case files. Most files contain photos and biographical information on the applicant who was frequently questioned in great detail about his family, home and village in China. See examples of documents and photos from the files and find out how and where to find the files. NOTE: Many of the Seattle files are for Chinese who had a connection to California.   Trish Hackett Nicola has been a member of the California genealogical society since 2006. She is an associate of the Board for Certification for Genealogist (BCG) and is a Certified Genealogist (SM). In the summer of 2016 after twenty-five years of genealogical research for other people, she retired from client work and now can spend more time working on her own family history. Trish still works on projects as a public historian in Seattle, Washington. She plans to write articles on some of the fascinating stories she found during her research and give occasional lectures. Her main interest is the Chinese Exclusion Act case files located at the National Archives-Seattle Branch. Trish started volunteering at the National Archives in 2001 and immediately fell in love with the Chinese Exclusion Act case files—working with original documents sometimes over one hundred years old, seeing photos of children and adults, and having a peak into the lives and injustices of the Chinese immigrant population. Her blog contains a sampling of interesting files is located at http://chineseexclusionfiles.com   REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Pre-registration is required. Audience size is limited so register early.  CGS members enjoy a reduced rate of $10.00*. Non-member admission fee is $20.00* and can be applied towards a new one year CGS membership the day of the talk. Register early to confirm your seat.   PAYMENT OPTIONS: Credit card  payments will be processed by Eventbrite.  *Event fee is non-refundable.

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