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Record Description

This collection contains naturalization records filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in the early 20th century. The original records are identified as "Dockets Containing Naturalization Petitions, 1906 - 1930" (ARC 2679339) at the U.S. National Archives. They are part of records created by U.S. District Courts. The records consist of docket books containing declarations of intention and petitions with some including indexes by name. These records are held at the National Archives and Records Administration Regional Facility in Denver, Colorado.

Naturalizations filed in a U.S. District court another source of information, in addition to those filed in Utah state district courts. The choice of where to file and when likely came from laws and common practices at the time. After 1906, all naturalization and citizenship records should also be available from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930.

Record Content

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions may include any of the following:

  • Name of the immigrant
  • Country of birth
  • Arrival date
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse

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 and 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 "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "District Court"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter" which takes you to the images.

Some of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.

If you do not find your ancestor in the index, 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 individual 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. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
  • Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the naturalization records year by year.
  • Search the indexes of nearby counties.

Related Websites

Research Guide on Naturalization and Citizenship at the Utah State Archives

U.S. National Archives description of records, "Dockets Containing Naturalization Petitions, 1906 - 1930"

Related Wiki Articles

Utah Naturalization and Citizenship

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Citations for This Collection

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Collection Citation:

“Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930.” Images. FamilySearch.’' http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2014. Citing NARA ARC #2679339. National Archives and Records Archives Regional Facility, Denver, Colorado.

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 Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930.

 

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