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Naturalization << Immigration Records <<

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Naturalization Records 1790-1906 Guide

Immigration Records-
Naturalization Records
What's In Them Where to Find Them How to Use Them***

Almost always include:

  • Name of the immigrant
  • Country the immigrant forswears allegiance to
  • Town or court where the naturalization took place
  • Name of a witness, often a friend or relative


  • May also include:
  • Additional details a local court may have decided to collect
  • Immigrant's signature
  • Local, federal or municipal courts -- check with courthouses as found in RootsWeb's U.S. Town/County Database:
    http://resources.rootsweb.com/ cgi-bin/townco.cgi

    General compiled sources such as the FHL Catalog:
    http://www.familysearch.org/
     Search/searchcatalog.asp

  • To find the country of origin for your ancestor
  • To narrow the timeframe to search for a ship passenger arrival list
  • To find clues of relatives or neighbors
  • To find an ancestor's signature
  • To perhaps find another version of your ancestor's name
  • *** Please share your suggestions for other uses of information found in family records here

    For more information on these important records, be sure to catch the Immigration Records episode of Ancestors on your local PBS station.

     
     
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