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''[[United States of America|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|U.S. Naturalizations]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalizations]]'' <br>  
 
''[[United States of America|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|U.S. Naturalizations]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois|Illinois]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalizations]]'' <br>  
  
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== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
Naturalization records have been filed in the U.S. district and circuit courts and in local courts in Illinois counties. Each court had its own style of record keeping before 1906.  
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Naturalization records have been filed in the U.S. district and circuit courts, circuit courts,&nbsp;and in local (usually county) courts in Illinois. Each court had its own style of record keeping before 1906.  
  
 
Various types of records were created during the naturalization process, including declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization, oaths of allegiance, and certificates of naturalization and citizenship. Each record can give details about a person, such as age, residence, country or city of origin, ethnic background, the date and port of arrival, the name of the ship, names of spouse and children with their birth dates and places, or current address.  
 
Various types of records were created during the naturalization process, including declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization, oaths of allegiance, and certificates of naturalization and citizenship. Each record can give details about a person, such as age, residence, country or city of origin, ethnic background, the date and port of arrival, the name of the ship, names of spouse and children with their birth dates and places, or current address.  
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Records for earlier years usually contain less information than those after 1906, when the federal court system for naturalization was revised and details such as birth date and place, physical description, and marital status may be given. See [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship]] for a more complete discussion of the naturalization process and the records created.  
 
Records for earlier years usually contain less information than those after 1906, when the federal court system for naturalization was revised and details such as birth date and place, physical description, and marital status may be given. See [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship]] for a more complete discussion of the naturalization process and the records created.  
  
== Guide Book  ==
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=== Guide Book  ===
  
For a comprehensive list of Illinois naturalization records, see:  
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For a comprehensive list of Illinois naturalization records, see:<br>
  
*Schaefer, Christina K. ''Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1997.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36674082 Other libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|788457|item|disp=FHL Book 973 P4s}}.Pages 89–104 cover Illinois. For each county, this book lists the courts where naturalization took place, the years the records cover, where the original records are housed, and the first film numbers of the Family History Library, where applicable. It also lists the National Archives record group (RG) number. The introduction discusses the naturalization process, the types of records created, and the usual genealogical content of each record. Be aware that the Family History Library has acquired naturalization records since the printing of this guide, so check the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library catalog] for your locality. <br>
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*Schaefer, Christina K. ''Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States''. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1997.[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/36674082 Other libraries (WorldCat)]{{FHL|788457|item|disp=FHL Book 973 P4s}}.Pages 89–104 cover Illinois. For each county, this book lists the courts where naturalization took place, the years the records cover, where the original records are housed, and the first film numbers of the Family History Library, where applicable. It also lists the National Archives record group (RG) number. The introduction discusses the naturalization process, the types of records created, and the usual genealogical content of each record. Be aware that the Family History Library has acquired naturalization records since the printing of this guide, so check the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library catalog] for your locality. Learn how to explore the [[An overview of the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog.]]
  
For a description of the judicial districts in Illinois, the counties they included, and the location of the court seat see:  
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<br>For a description of the judicial districts in Illinois, the counties they included, and the location of the court seat see:  
  
*Crossley, Frederick B. ''Courts and Lawyers of Illinois.'' Chicago: American Historical Society, 1916. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/681870064 Other Libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|291807|item|FHL Film 934965 Book 977.3 D3c}},pages 384–85.
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*Crossley, Frederick B. ''Courts and Lawyers of Illinois.'' Chicago: American Historical Society, 1916. [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/681870064 Other Libraries (WorldCat)] {{FHL|291807|item|disp=FHL Film 934965 Book 977.3 D3c}},pages 384–85.
  
== Card Index, 1840–1950  ==
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=== Card Index, 1840–1950  ===
  
'''The [[National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)]]''' has a card index of 1,000,000 names of people recorded in many courts of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) District 9, which comprised the northern third of Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. This record indexes both civil and military petitions for the U.S. District and circuit courts for the Northern District, Eastern Division of Illinois, the circuit, county, criminal and superior courts of Cook County, Illinois, and the county and municipal courts.&nbsp;Copies&nbsp;&nbsp;of this index are as follows:
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The '''[[National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)]]''' has a card index of 1,000,000 names of people recorded in many courts of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) District 9, which comprised the northern third of Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. For a complete listing of all counties covered in this index see the wiki page&nbsp;[[Illinois, Northern District, Indexes to Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Illinois Northern District Naturalization Index Cards]].&nbsp;This wiki page describes the record, explains record content and advises on best ways to use the record.  
  
*United States. District Court (Illinois: Northern District). ''Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for U.S. District &amp; Circuit Court, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840–1950''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. {{FHL|232846|item|disp=FHL film 1432001 (first of 183)}}.
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This index to naturalizations covers both civil and military petitions for the U.S. District and circuit courts for the Northern District, Eastern Division of Illinois, the circuit, county, criminal and superior courts of Cook County, Illinois, and the county and municipal courts. Copies of this index are as follows:  
*{{RecordSearch|1838804|Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950}} at [http://www.familysearch.org/FamilySearch FamilySearch]–Free; Online version with browsable images. Browse by [[Soundex|Soundex number]] of surname.
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*Partial digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 Ancestry] (free section) (Described as "Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa" in ''U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)''.)
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== '''Post-1906 Records''' ==
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*{{RecordSearch|1838804|Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950}} at [http://www.familysearch.org/FamilySearch FamilySearch]–Free; Online version with browsable images. Browse by [[Soundex|Soundex number]] of surname.
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*Partial digital version at [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 Ancestry] (free section) (Described as "Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa" in ''U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)''.)
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*United States. District Court (Illinois: Northern District). ''Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for U.S. District Circuit Court, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840–1950''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. {{FHL|232846|item|disp=FHL film 1432001 (first of 183)}}.
  
In 1906 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS) was created, forms were standardized, and duplicate records were created by the court and sent to the ISCIS. Some of these records may be indexed, and filmed, but most must be accessed by using the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD Genealogy Program] at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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=== Post-1906 Records  ===
  
== Availability  ==
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In 1906 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now United States Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS]) was created, forms were standardized, and duplicate records were created by the court and sent to the USCIS. Some of these records may be indexed, and filmed (see the availability section below)&nbsp;but most must be accessed by using the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD Genealogy Program] at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. For more information see the &nbsp;[[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|United States Naturalization]] wiki page.
  
If a person lived in or near Chicago or other cities where the U.S. courts convened, naturalization records may be found in the U.S. district or circuit courts. For the rural areas of Illinois, naturalizations were more likely recorded by the circuit court clerk in each county.[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]]&nbsp; (Illinois Regional Archives Depository) depositories have naturalization records for circuit, county, and municipal courts from many counties. The Family History Library also has microfilmed copies of the records from many Illinois counties.
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=== Availability  ===
  
Records of the district and circuit courts in the Northern District were kept concurrently until the U.S. Circuit Court was abolished in 1911. Both courts should be checked for naturalization records. See [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=600459 Illinois-Naturalization].
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If a person lived in or near Chicago or other cities where the U.S. courts convened, naturalization records may be found in the U.S. district or circuit courts.&nbsp;These court records (1819–1982) are available at the [[National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)|Chicago&nbsp;Branch of the National Archives]].&nbsp;&nbsp;Records of the district and circuit courts in the ''Northern District'' were kept concurrently until the U.S. Circuit Court was abolished in 1911. Both courts should be checked for naturalization records.&nbsp;
  
The Family History Library has records of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts. See [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=600459 Illinois-Naturalization]. For records not found in the Family History Library collection, contact the clerk of the appropriate court.
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The Family History Library has records of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts. See {{FHL|600459|subject-id|disp= Illinois-Naturalization}}in the Family History Library Catalog. For records not found in the Family History Library collection, contact the&nbsp; [[National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago)|National Archives, Chicago Branch]].  
  
Naturalization records can be found on state, county and local levels. Links to county pages appear below. Additional resources for Illinois&nbsp;Naturalization may be found in the [https://familysearch.org/search/search/index/catalog-search#searchType=catalog&filtered=true&catSearchType=subject_id&searchCriteria=600459 Illinois-Naturalization ]topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]. Also find Illinois Naturalization&nbsp;resources available at other libraries (WorldCat). Explore how to search [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]] and the [[Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]].<br>
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For the rural areas of Illinois, naturalizations were more likely recorded by the circuit court clerk in each county.&nbsp;[[Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)|IRAD]](Illinois Regional Archives Depository) depositories have naturalization records for circuit, county, and municipal courts from many counties. Explore how to search&nbsp;[[IRAD|IRAD]]. The Family History Library also has microfilmed copies of the records from many Illinois counties. Do a "Place" search in the FHL catalog for your locality. Then search for naturalization records. Explore how to search the [[Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]]. In addition, some county naturalization records are abstracted and printed in genealogical journals.&nbsp; Many of these printed abstracts are indexed in PERSI (explore [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|how to search PERSI]]).  
  
=== FamilySearch Historical Record Collections  ===
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An additional online resource is ({{RecordSearch|1834344}})&nbsp;Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. This online collection contains images from 43 Illinois county courts. &nbsp;Many of these probate court records may contain naturalization petitions, declarations, and final papers. The collection is browsable by county.&nbsp;
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1838804 Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950]. This is a browsable collection and includes images for 40 Northern Illinois counties.
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It is important to understand that naturalization records can be found on any level—state, county and local. Links to countywiki pages appear below. County pages may list availability and links to records. &nbsp;Additional resources for Illinois&nbsp;Naturalization may be found in the {{FHL|600459|subject-id|disp=Illinois-Naturalization}}topic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at [[Family History Centers|Family History Centers]]. Also find Illinois Naturalization&nbsp;resources available at [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=illinois+naturalization Other libraries (WorldCat)]. Explore how to search [[Worldcat Online Catalog|WorldCat]] and the [[Family History Library Catalog|FHLC]].<br>
  
A wiki article describing this collection is found at:
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=== References  ===
  
[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Illinois,_Northern_District,_Indexes_to_Naturalization_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records) Illinois, Northern District, Indexes to Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
  
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[[Illinois, Northern District, Indexes to Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Illinois, Northern District, Indexes to Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
== References&nbsp;  ==
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Contents

History

Naturalization records have been filed in the U.S. district and circuit courts, circuit courts, and in local (usually county) courts in Illinois. Each court had its own style of record keeping before 1906.

Various types of records were created during the naturalization process, including declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization, oaths of allegiance, and certificates of naturalization and citizenship. Each record can give details about a person, such as age, residence, country or city of origin, ethnic background, the date and port of arrival, the name of the ship, names of spouse and children with their birth dates and places, or current address.

Records for earlier years usually contain less information than those after 1906, when the federal court system for naturalization was revised and details such as birth date and place, physical description, and marital status may be given. See United States Naturalization and Citizenship for a more complete discussion of the naturalization process and the records created.

Guide Book

For a comprehensive list of Illinois naturalization records, see:

  • Schaefer, Christina K. Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1997.Other libraries (WorldCat)FHL Book 973 P4s.Pages 89–104 cover Illinois. For each county, this book lists the courts where naturalization took place, the years the records cover, where the original records are housed, and the first film numbers of the Family History Library, where applicable. It also lists the National Archives record group (RG) number. The introduction discusses the naturalization process, the types of records created, and the usual genealogical content of each record. Be aware that the Family History Library has acquired naturalization records since the printing of this guide, so check the Family History Library catalog for your locality. Learn how to explore the Family History Library Catalog.


For a description of the judicial districts in Illinois, the counties they included, and the location of the court seat see:

Card Index, 1840–1950

The National Archives Great Lakes Region (Chicago) has a card index of 1,000,000 names of people recorded in many courts of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) District 9, which comprised the northern third of Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. For a complete listing of all counties covered in this index see the wiki page Illinois Northern District Naturalization Index Cards. This wiki page describes the record, explains record content and advises on best ways to use the record.

This index to naturalizations covers both civil and military petitions for the U.S. District and circuit courts for the Northern District, Eastern Division of Illinois, the circuit, county, criminal and superior courts of Cook County, Illinois, and the county and municipal courts. Copies of this index are as follows:

  • Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 at FamilySearch–Free; Online version with browsable images. Browse by Soundex number of surname.
  • Partial digital version at Ancestry (free section) (Described as "Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa" in U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project).)
  • United States. District Court (Illinois: Northern District). Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for U.S. District Circuit Court, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840–1950. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. FHL film 1432001 (first of 183).

Post-1906 Records

In 1906 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now United States Citizenship and Immigration Services [USCIS]) was created, forms were standardized, and duplicate records were created by the court and sent to the USCIS. Some of these records may be indexed, and filmed (see the availability section below) but most must be accessed by using the Genealogy Program at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. For more information see the  United States Naturalization wiki page.

Availability

If a person lived in or near Chicago or other cities where the U.S. courts convened, naturalization records may be found in the U.S. district or circuit courts. These court records (1819–1982) are available at the Chicago Branch of the National Archives.  Records of the district and circuit courts in the Northern District were kept concurrently until the U.S. Circuit Court was abolished in 1911. Both courts should be checked for naturalization records. 

The Family History Library has records of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts. See Illinois-Naturalizationin the Family History Library Catalog. For records not found in the Family History Library collection, contact the  National Archives, Chicago Branch.

For the rural areas of Illinois, naturalizations were more likely recorded by the circuit court clerk in each county. IRAD(Illinois Regional Archives Depository) depositories have naturalization records for circuit, county, and municipal courts from many counties. Explore how to search IRAD. The Family History Library also has microfilmed copies of the records from many Illinois counties. Do a "Place" search in the FHL catalog for your locality. Then search for naturalization records. Explore how to search the FHLC. In addition, some county naturalization records are abstracted and printed in genealogical journals.  Many of these printed abstracts are indexed in PERSI (explore how to search PERSI).

An additional online resource is (Record Collection 1834344) Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970. This online collection contains images from 43 Illinois county courts.  Many of these probate court records may contain naturalization petitions, declarations, and final papers. The collection is browsable by county. 

It is important to understand that naturalization records can be found on any level—state, county and local. Links to countywiki pages appear below. County pages may list availability and links to records.  Additional resources for Illinois Naturalization may be found in the Illinois-Naturalizationtopic page of the Family History Library catalog (FHLC). Copies of records on FHL microfilm and microfiche can be ordered for viewing at Family History Centers. Also find Illinois Naturalization resources available at Other libraries (WorldCat). Explore how to search WorldCat and the FHLC.

References

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Illinois, Northern District, Indexes to Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)