Sunday, July 09, 2006


History of the United States Naturalization Process:

INS - History, Genealogy and Education:

National Archives - Naturalization Records:

Pledging Allegiance - Naturalization Records:

Sample Certificate of Naturalization:

A Gold Mine Of Naturalization Records In New England:
   Index to naturalization records from 301 courts in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, & Vermont, available as NARA Microfilm Publication M1299, Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791–1906 from NARA, and from the LDS as FHL US/CAN Film 1429671 - 1429787, 117 films in all. Consult the film notes page on the FHL Catalog for coverage of each film.
   The indexes to dexigraph records for New York City and Illinois have also been microfilmed: M1285, Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois, and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840–1950. 179 rolls. M1674, Index (Soundex) to Naturalization Petitions Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York, New York, Including New York, Kings, Queens, and Richmond Counties, 1792–1906. 294 rolls. I didn't check the FHL Catalog for these series.

M1827: District of Columbia Naturalization Index, 1802-1909:

State Archives of Michigan Naturalization Record Indexes:,1607,7-160-17449_18635_20684---,00.html

Naturalization in NY State:
   Albany County NY:
   Declarations of Intent, Petitions Indexes, and more:

Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) Naturalization Index:

State-wide index to North Dakota naturalization records. Index complete for every county; more than 212,000 entries. Name, country of emigration, date of declaration of intention (first papers) or date of naturalization (second papers), county where the record was created, with volume and page number:

Finding US Naturalization Records (especially for New York and Illinois):

Rootsweb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees - Naturalization:

NARA: (Olive Tree Genealogy):

U.S. Naturalization Research and Records (

U.S. Naturalization Records (British Isles Family History Society):

$$$ Petitions for Naturalizations: (Search is free)
   Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Utah, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon

Book - They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins by Loretto Dennis Szucs. Salt Lake City:, 1998. ISBN 091648971X.

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The difference between a geologist and a genealogist is that one digs in the dirt and sometimes find artifacts, while the other digs in facts and sometimes finds dirt.


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