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Naturalization << Immigration Records <<

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Naturalization Records Post-1906 Guide

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Ancestors expert John Philip Colletta gives some instructions on how to request recent naturalization records.

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
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Date and port of departure
  • Date and port of arrival
  • Name of ship
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Names, ages and birthplaces of wife and children
  • Year and place of marriage


  • May also include:
  • Photograph of the immigrant
  • Immigrant's signature
  • Additional documentation such as evidence of a name change
  • 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

    Immigration and Naturalization Service:
    http://www.ins.usdoj.gov/graphics/  aboutins/history/index.htm

  • 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
  • To learn exact village or town your ancestor came from
  • To learn immigrant's birth date and/or place
  • To learn details of arrival in U.S. (e.g., name of ship, date, port of arrival, etc.) in order to find ancestor's ship arrival record
  • To obtain or confirm names, dates and/or birthplaces of wife and children
  • To learn occupation
  • To find marriage details
  • To find a photograph of the ancestor
  • To find evidence of a name change
  • To find reference to other courts where the "first papers" may have been filed (suggesting immigrant lived elsewhere for a while)
  • *** 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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