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Contents

Record Description

This collection contains naturalization records for the years 1771 to 2001 from the following counties:

  • Belknap
  • Carroll
  • Cheshire
  • Coos
  • Grafton
  • Hillsborough
  • Merrimack
  • Rockingham
  • Strafford
  • Sullivan
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire, County Naturalization Records, 1771-2001.

Record Content

The information found in Naturalization Records vaires by county and individual record. You may find any of the following:

  • Name of petitioner
  • Name of court
  • Date of emigration
  • Occupation and place of residence
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date of Declaration of Intent
  • Date of marriage
  • Spouse's full name (sometimes, wife's maiden name)
  • Spouse's date and place of birth
  • Children's names and birth places
  • Name of Judge
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
  • The ancestor’s residence

If you do not know this information, check the 1900 or 1910 census, then calculate the possible year of naturalization based on the date of immigration. The 1920 census may tell you the exact year of immigration or naturalization.

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒Select the "Browse through images"
⇒Select the “County” category
⇒Select the “Record Type, Year Range, and Volume" category which will take you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, you can use naturalization records to:

  • Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
  • Confirm their date of arrival
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts.
  • An immigrant may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.
  • If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
  • Continue to search the naturalization records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have naturalized in the same area or nearby.
  • The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations.
  • You may want to obtain the naturalization records of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of thed names.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.

Known Issues with This Collection

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Related Websites

Naturalization Records

Related Wiki Articles

New Hampshire Naturalization and Citizenship

Contributions to This Article

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Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation

"New Hampshire, County Naturalization Records, 1771-2001." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing National Archives and Records Administration, Waltham, Massachusetts.

Image Citation

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Hampshire, County Naturalization Records, 1771-2001.


 

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