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I am a beginner genealogist, but I did
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Lisa Lights the Way
Lisa South, Certified Genealogist
Naturalization refers to the process required
for an alien immigrant to become a US citizen.
Laws regulating this process have changed over the
years. When trying to locate naturalization
records for one of your ancestors, it's important
to know what you won't find, and therefore not
waste valuable research time.
- Originally, immigrants coming from the
British Isles were considered citizens and the
immigrants from Continental Europe were only
required to take an oath of allegiance before
leaving the ship to become an American Citizen.
- In 1790 Congress began legislation for
naturalization. Two years in the US and one year
in the applicant's state was required.
- Between 1855 and 1922 a woman automatically
became a citizen by marrying a citizen or upon
the naturalization of her husband.
- If a man served in the US military, he was
not required to file a Declaration of Intention
and only needed to wait one year to become a
- Children under the age of sixteen received
citizenship through their parents
- When territories are annexed by the United
States, all the residents become citizens by
- Not all immigrants became naturalized.
In 1868 the 14th Amendment gave courts
jurisdiction of naturalization. The requirement
for naturalization changed periodically. The law
did not designate which court was responsible, so
any court, county, state or federal could grant
citizenship. Also a person could file their
Declaration of Intent in one court and receive
their citizenship in another. The process usually
took from three to five years (depending on the
requirements) and if your ancestor moved during
this time, a search in both courts will be
necessary. Search county courts first, then state
and Federal. The WPA began a project copying and
indexing naturalization records from 1787 to 1906
but only completed Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire and Rhode Island.
The naturalization process is long and
involved, but the records of most interest to the
genealogist are "The Declaration of Intent", the
"Petition for Naturalization", and the Certificate
granting citizenship. The Certificate usually
gives very little information other than the
actual date the person became a citizen. The
declaration and petition, however, can contain
quite a lot of valuable information.
In 1906 the Bureau of Immigration and
naturalization was established and records must be
ordered from the National Archives Regional
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