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''[[United States of America|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Naturalization Records|U.S. Naturalizations]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalizations and Citizenship]]''  
  
 
== Availability  ==
 
== Availability  ==
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== Soundex Index  ==
 
== Soundex Index  ==
  
New England naturalization records for 1791 to 1906 were copied and indexed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the late 1930s. Some of the records are more recent than 1906. The index gives the name and location of the court, the date of naturalization, and the volume and page number (or certificate number) of the naturalization record. The copies and index are at the [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]]. The [[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives]] in Washington, DC, and the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] have microfilm copies of the index:  
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In the late 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) copied and indexed New England naturalization records for 1791 to 1906. The copies and index are at the [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]. The [[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives]] in Washington, D.C., and the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] have microfilm copies of the index:  
  
*United States, Immigration and Naturalization Service. ''Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791–1906''. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1983. (Family History Library {{FHL|19737|title-id|disp=films 1429671-787}}.)
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*United States, Immigration and Naturalization Service. ''Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906''. Washington, D.C.: The National Archives, 1983. {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL films 1429671-787.}}<br>Some of the records are more recent than 1906. The index gives the name and location of the court, the date of naturalization, and the volume and page number (or certificate number) of the naturalization record.<br>Also online at {{RecordSearch|1840474|FamilySearch Historical Records}}. [[United States New England Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|(Learn more.)]]
  
 
The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] also has:  
 
The [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] also has:  
  
*United States, District Court (Massachusetts). ''Naturalization Index Cards, 1790–1926''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985. (Family History Library {{FHL|393728|title-id|disp=films 1420205-21}}.) An index to naturalization records of the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Circuit Court for Massachusetts. A letter M beside the petition number indicates that it is a military naturalization.  
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*United States, District Court (Massachusetts). ''Naturalization Index Cards, 1790–1926''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985. {{FHL|393728|item|disp=FHL films 1420205-21}} An index to naturalization records of the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Circuit Court for Massachusetts. A letter M beside the petition number indicates that it is a military naturalization.  
*Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth. ''Returns of Naturalization before Various Massachusetts Courts, 1885–1931''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. (On nine films, beginning with Family History Library {{FHL|700375|title-id|disp=film 1901984}}.) These documents are also at the Massachusetts State Archives. Most years have full name indexes. List name, age, occupation, residence, date of naturalization, and witnesses.  
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*Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth. ''Returns of Naturalization before Various Massachusetts Courts, 1885–1931''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. {{FHL|700375|item|disp=FHL film 1901984 (first of 9 films)}} These documents are also at the Massachusetts State Archives. Most years have full name indexes. List name, age, occupation, residence, date of naturalization, and witnesses.  
*Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth. ''Indexes to Returns of Naturalization, 1920–1923, 1924–1925''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. (On seven Family History Library films, beginning with {{FHL|700596|title-id|disp=film 1940387}}.) Card index is also available at the Massachusetts State Archives. Each index card typically lists name, residence (town), occupation, court, age, and date.  
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*Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth. ''Indexes to Returns of Naturalization, 1920–1923, 1924–1925''. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. {{FHL|700596|item|disp=FHL film 1940387 (first of 7 films)}} Card index is also available at the Massachusetts State Archives. Each index card typically lists name, residence (town), occupation, court, age, and date.  
*United States. District Court (Massachusetts). ''Naturalization Records, 1906–1917''. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1988. (Family History Library {{FHL|573146|title-id|disp=films 1578248–302}}.) Microfilms of originals are also in the National Archives in Washington, DC. Most volumes are individually indexed. Petitions list court district, name, residence, occupation, date and place of petition, port and date of embarkment, port of arrival, vessel, citizenship date, spouse, children, and their birth dates and places.
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*United States. District Court (Massachusetts). ''Naturalization Records, 1906–1917''. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1988. {{FHL|573146|item|disp=FHL films 1578248–302}} Microfilms of originals are also in the National Archives in Washington, DC. Most volumes are individually indexed. Petitions list court district, name, residence, occupation, date and place of petition, port and date of embarkment, port of arrival, vessel, citizenship date, spouse, children, and their birth dates and places.
  
 
== Post 1906 Records  ==
 
== Post 1906 Records  ==
  
For information on naturalization records after 1906,&nbsp;use the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD Genealogy&nbsp;Program] at [http://www.uscis.gov www.uscis.gov],&nbsp;or&nbsp;contact the Northeast Region of the National Archives:  
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For information on naturalization records after 1906,&nbsp;use the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD Genealogy&nbsp;Program] at [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services]&nbsp;or&nbsp;contact the Northeast Region of the National Archives:  
  
 
National Archives—Northeast Region <br>Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center <br>380 Trapelo Road <br>Waltham, Massachusetts <br>02452-6399  
 
National Archives—Northeast Region <br>Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center <br>380 Trapelo Road <br>Waltham, Massachusetts <br>02452-6399  
  
Phone: (781) 663-0130<br>Fax: (781) 663-0154<br>E-mail: [mailto:waltham.archives@nara.gov <u>waltham.archives@nara.gov</u>]  
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Phone: (781) 663-0130<br>Fax: (781) 663-0154<br>E-mail: [mailto:waltham.archives@nara.gov <u>waltham.archives@nara.gov</u>]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
Naturalization information online:  
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ussnei/NatlzMA.htm Massachusetts Naturalization Index]
  
Massachusetts Naturalization Index: [http://www.rootsweb.com/~ussnei/NatlzMA.htm http://www.rootsweb.com/~ussnei/NatlzMA.htm]  
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''
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*[[Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[United States New England Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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=== FamilySearch Historical Records Collections ===
 
 
Online collections containing these records are located in [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list FamilySearch.org.]
 
 
Wiki articles describing these collections are found at:
 
 
[[Massachusetts, Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
[[United States New England Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
 
[[Category:Massachusetts|Naturalization]]
 
[[Category:Massachusetts|Naturalization]]

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Contents

Availability

Naturalization records were filed in the various county and district courts of Massachusetts. The Family History Library has some microfilm copies of these records.

Soundex Index

In the late 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) copied and indexed New England naturalization records for 1791 to 1906. The copies and index are at the National Archives Northeast Region (Boston). The National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Family History Library have microfilm copies of the index:

  • United States, Immigration and Naturalization Service. Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906. Washington, D.C.: The National Archives, 1983. FHL films 1429671-787.
    Some of the records are more recent than 1906. The index gives the name and location of the court, the date of naturalization, and the volume and page number (or certificate number) of the naturalization record.
    Also online at FamilySearch Historical Records. (Learn more.)

The Family History Library also has:

  • United States, District Court (Massachusetts). Naturalization Index Cards, 1790–1926. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985. FHL films 1420205-21 An index to naturalization records of the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Circuit Court for Massachusetts. A letter M beside the petition number indicates that it is a military naturalization.
  • Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth. Returns of Naturalization before Various Massachusetts Courts, 1885–1931. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. FHL film 1901984 (first of 9 films) These documents are also at the Massachusetts State Archives. Most years have full name indexes. List name, age, occupation, residence, date of naturalization, and witnesses.
  • Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth. Indexes to Returns of Naturalization, 1920–1923, 1924–1925. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. FHL film 1940387 (first of 7 films) Card index is also available at the Massachusetts State Archives. Each index card typically lists name, residence (town), occupation, court, age, and date.
  • United States. District Court (Massachusetts). Naturalization Records, 1906–1917. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1988. FHL films 1578248–302 Microfilms of originals are also in the National Archives in Washington, DC. Most volumes are individually indexed. Petitions list court district, name, residence, occupation, date and place of petition, port and date of embarkment, port of arrival, vessel, citizenship date, spouse, children, and their birth dates and places.

Post 1906 Records

For information on naturalization records after 1906, use the Genealogy Program at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or contact the Northeast Region of the National Archives:

National Archives—Northeast Region
Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, Massachusetts
02452-6399

Phone: (781) 663-0130
Fax: (781) 663-0154
E-mail: waltham.archives@nara.gov

Web Sites

Massachusetts Naturalization Index

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

References

Massachusetts Research Outline. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.

NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into this Wiki site and is being updated as time permits.