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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection contains naturalization records filmed at the Regional NARA facility in Chicago. It includes records from:  
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This collection contains naturalization indexes filmed at the Regional NARA facility in Chicago. It includes records from:  
  
 
*South Bend (ARC #5682644 &amp; 5682646)  
 
*South Bend (ARC #5682644 &amp; 5682646)  
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*Fort Wayne (ARC #5674638)  
 
*Fort Wayne (ARC #5674638)  
 
*Lafayette (ARC #5687052).
 
*Lafayette (ARC #5687052).
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
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*Probable place of naturalization
 
*Probable place of naturalization
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
To search the collection image by image <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page. <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Name Range" which takes you to the images. Keep in mind:  
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
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If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image. <br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Name Range" which takes you to the images.  
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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.
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With either search keep in mind:  
  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
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=== Using the Information  ===
 
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==== Using the Information  ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. You can use naturalization records to:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. You can use naturalization records to:  
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*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
 
*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
 
*Immigrants could naturalize in any court that performed naturalizations. That included city, county, state and federal courts. Begin by looking for naturalization records in the courts of the county or city where the immigrant lived.  
 
*Immigrants could naturalize in any court that performed naturalizations. That included city, county, state and federal courts. Begin by looking for naturalization records in the courts of the county or city where the immigrant lived.  
*Look first for the petition (second papers), because they are usually easier to find in courts near where the immigant eventually settled.  
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*Look first for the petition (second papers), because they are usually easier to find in courts near where the immigrant eventually settled.  
 
*After 1906, the declaration can be filed with the petition as the immigrant was required to submit a copy when he submitted the petition.  
 
*After 1906, the declaration can be filed with the petition as the immigrant was required to submit a copy when he submitted the petition.  
 
*Because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. If they worked somewhere other than their residence, they may have gone to a court closer to work to naturalize.  
 
*Because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. If they worked somewhere other than their residence, they may have gone to a court closer to work to naturalize.  
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*Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
 
*Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the names and for nicknames.  
 
*Check for variant spellings of the names and for nicknames.  
 
*Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the naturalization records year by year.  
 
*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 localities.
 
*Search the indexes of nearby localities.
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{{Collection citation| text =“Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992. ”  Index and Images. ''FamilySearch''. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA ARC numbers 5682644, 5682646, 5682644, 4478178, 4481511, 5674638, 5687052.  National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.}} <br> '''Record Citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br> {{Record Citation Link
 
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata &gt; San Ponciano &gt; Matrimonios 1884-1886 &gt; image 71 of 389 images, Artemio Avendano and Clemtina Peralta, 1884; citing Parroquia de San Ponciano en la Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Matrimonios. San Ponciano, La Plata.
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[[Category:NARA_naturalization_and_citizenship_records]]

Latest revision as of 14:33, 5 May 2015

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.

Contents

Record Description

This collection contains naturalization indexes filmed at the Regional NARA facility in Chicago. It includes records from:

  • South Bend (ARC #5682644 & 5682646)
  • Hammond (ARC #5890428)
  • Indianapolis (ARC #4478178 & 4481511)
  • Fort Wayne (ARC #5674638)
  • Lafayette (ARC #5687052).
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992.

Record Content

These records usually include the following information:

  • Full name of citizen
  • Residence at the time of naturalization
  • Birth place
  • Admission date
  • Certificate date
  • Name of court
  • Petition number
  • Registration number
  • Signature

How to Use the Record

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

  • Name
  • Approximate date of naturalization
  • Probable place of naturalization

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection by image.
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Name Range" which takes 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.

With either search 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.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [FamilySearch Tips and Tricks].

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. 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

  • Immigrants could naturalize in any court that performed naturalizations. That included city, county, state and federal courts. Begin by looking for naturalization records in the courts of the county or city where the immigrant lived.
  • Look first for the petition (second papers), because they are usually easier to find in courts near where the immigrant eventually settled.
  • After 1906, the declaration can be filed with the petition as the immigrant was required to submit a copy when he submitted the petition.
  • Because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. If they worked somewhere other than their residence, they may have gone to a court closer to work to naturalize.
  • 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.
  • Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names and for nicknames.
  • 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 localities.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

Indiana Naturalization and Citizenship

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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:

“Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992. ” Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2015. Citing NARA ARC numbers 5682644, 5682646, 5682644, 4478178, 4481511, 5674638, 5687052. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992.

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 Indiana, Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1848-1992.


 

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