Naturalization in the United States Phyllis Kramer, Palm Beach JGS, 2009 Quick Guide to Finding Naturalization Papers Start with all available census, note the year, city, responses of na/pa/alien Search the manifests for clues Search other documents: draft, death certificates, Voter’s Registration Search major sites like Ancestry.com, Italiangen.org and Footnote.com Major Sites: Best WebSite for Naturalization Information by State: http://home.att.net/~wee-monster/naturalization.html ItalianGen.org o o o o o o o For current list of indexes and data go to: http://www.italiangen.org/databaselist.stm New York: Indexes for Eastern (Bklyn) and Southern (Manhattan,Bronx) Districts (1824-1957) Nassau and Suffolk County Supreme Courts, Upstate New York: Northern Country Court, Essex County, Western District Court Bronx, Richmond and Queens Borough Supreme Courts (1914-1952) New Jersey: Clinton and Essex Counties (1836-1906), Trenton (1838-1967) New York Northern County Court Footnote: http://www.footnote.com (fee based) Partnership with NARA. Many Naturalization Records for Louisiana (Eastern), Massachusetts, Maryland, New York (Eastern/Southern/Western Districts), Ohio (Northern), Pa. (Eastern/Middle/Western Districts) Not particularly easy to use the query facilities For current list of indexes and data go to: http://www.footnote.com/browse.php Ancestry.com World Archives Project - 1.2Million Documents and 5.4 million indexes. This project encourages users to index NARA microfilms. To see the list of databases covered, click on the “collaborate” tab, then World Archives Project. (fee based, free in library) Southern California Naturalization Indexes-76%76% Illinois Naturalization Indexes -82% N. California Naturalization Indexes -35% NYC Naturalization Indexes – 62% Washington and Montana Naturalization Indexes -52%54% New York, U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 – 5% California, U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972 – 22%22% Pennsylvania, U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-197219%-19% U.S.Naturalization Record Indexes: 2.4 Million Records– this database appears to be a mixture of early and later (post-1906) indexes. Ancestry does not list the years covered for each court or state. Includes: Alaska California Delaware District of Columbia Maryland Massachusetts Michigan New York Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Phyllis Kramer, VP Education, JewishGen Page# 1 Copyright 2009 Naturalization in the U.S. Naturalization in the United States Phyllis Kramer, Palm Beach JGS, 2009 NARA Microfilms and Online Order Function o General Genealogy http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/ o Naturalization: http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/naturalization/index.html. o Order Function: https://eservices.archives.gov/orderonline/start.swe?SWECmd=Start&SWEHo=eservices.archive s.gov Mormons: Microfilm Catalog http://www.familysearch.org o Record Search project: http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html# o Catalog at http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp o Each State has microfilmed records including: vital records, newspapers, books, census, courts USCIS Genealogy Program: http://www.uscis.gov; click on services & benefits, then genealogy Fee for service: $20 for Index record, $35 for document Full details are at http://www.globallawcenters.com/uscisforms_g-1041.php FOIA: Freedom of Information Act To file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, write a letter including a clear description of the documents/records you are requesting with the subject's name and date and place of birth, and your contact information. Be warned that these agencies will not answer questions; the request must be for records, not information. Download the FOIA request form G-639 from http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=6f2a4154d7b3d010VgnV CM10000048f3d6a1RCRD (this web address changes often; I googled USCIS and followed the links) Key State Naturalization Sites: (check for wildcards and soundex queries) New Jersey, Passaic County: (indexes and documents) http://records.passaiccountynj.org/press/Clerk/ClerkHomePB.aspx?op=basic New York Major Sites: ItalianGen.org (NYC Indexes), Ancestry.com, Footnote.com New York Upstate: Albany County (index for 1821-1991): http://www.albanycounty.com/departments/achor/naturalizationindexes.asp?id=856 Illinois: Cook County (1871-1929) http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/about.aspx Penna,Phila: http://www.phila.gov/phils/Docs/Inventor/natz.htm Other Websites of Interest: o Naturalization at http://www.gaeleire.freeservers.com/custom2.html o "Naturalization and Citizenship" at http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Enynewyo2/naturalization/ Phyllis Kramer, VP Education, JewishGen Page# 2 Copyright 2009 Naturalization in the U.S.