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== Record Description ==
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== Record Description ==
  
This collection contains petitions for naturalization between 1787-1906, found in various courts in New England. This collection is being published as images become available.
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This collection consists of naturalization documents filed in the National Archives Northeast Region which includes: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NARA ARC Identifier 4752894. This collection is being published as images become available. The collection covers the years 1787 to 1931.
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For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/2064580/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.  
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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| text = <!--bibdescbegin-->NARA Northeast Region. New England, Petitions for Naturalization. National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Region, Boston, Massachusetts.<!--bibdescend-->}}  
 
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[[New England, Petitions for Naturalization (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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[[New England, Petitions for Naturalization (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]  
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== Record Content  ==
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<gallery perrow="3" heights="120px" widths="160px" caption="New England, Petitions for Naturalization Examples">
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Image:New England, Petitions for Naturalization DGS 7048055 548.jpg|Petition Example 1
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Image:New England, Petitions for Naturalization (12-0304) (12-0946) DGS 7117730_230.jpg|Petition Example 2
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Image:New England, Petitions for Naturalization (12-0304) (12-0946) DGS 7221650_130.jpg|Petition Example 3
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The information given for each petition includes the following:
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*Name of the petitioner
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*Residence
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*Country of birth
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*Place and date of arrival
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*Names of two witnesses
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*Petition number
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*Date of petition
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*Volume and page number of the petition
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Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:
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*Name of court and date of hearing
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*Name of immigrant
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*Date and place of birth
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*Date of arrival and port of entry
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*Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
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*Names of witnesses
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*Signature of judge or court official
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*Age
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*Race
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*Last foreign residence
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*Current residence
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*Marital status
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*Name of spouse
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*Maiden name of wife
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*Birth date of spouse
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*Residence of spouse
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== How to Use the Record  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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*The full name of your ancestor
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*The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
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*The ancestor’s residence
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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.
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==== Search the Collection  ====
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To search the collection,<br> ⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒ Select the "State" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "County, Court" <br> ⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range, Volume" which takes you to the images.
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
== Record Content ==
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==== Using the Information  ====
  
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
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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:  
  
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*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
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*Confirm their date of arrival
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*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
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*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
  
{{Incomplete Section}}
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*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.
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*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.
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*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
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*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.
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*The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations.
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*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.
  
== Related Websites ==
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
  
{{Incomplete Section}}
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*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
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*Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the naturalization records year by year.
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*Search the indexes of nearby counties.
  
== Related Wiki Articles ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
  
[[New England]]
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New England, Petitions for Naturalization (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
  
== Contributions to This Article ==
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== Related Websites  ==
  
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[http://www.mass-doc.com/naturalization_research.htm New England Naturatization Records]
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in a Historical Record Collection ===
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[[New England]]
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‘‘Example for an Indexed Collection:’’
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
  
“Delaware Marriage Records,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; citing Delaware, State Marriage Records, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover. 
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{{Contributor_invite}}
‘‘Example for a Browsed Collection:’’
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“Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 28 February, 2012), La Plata > San Ponciano > Matrimonios 1884-1886 >  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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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
“Example for a Legacy Collection:”
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"Australia Death and Burials 1816-1980," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed March 4, 2011), Annie Jones, 28 Jul 1887; citing Territorial Records, reference Crookwell, FHL microfilm 1,238,833; Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
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Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/2064580/waypoints New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931]
  
When the citation has been replaced with a citation specific to the collection being described, the heading should be changed to “Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection” in Heading style 3.
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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. A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Revision as of 23:31, 17 October 2013

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

Contents

Record Description

This collection consists of naturalization documents filed in the National Archives Northeast Region which includes: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NARA ARC Identifier 4752894. This collection is being published as images become available. The collection covers the years 1787 to 1931.

For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.

NARA Northeast Region. New England, Petitions for Naturalization. National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Region, Boston, Massachusetts.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The information given for each petition includes the following:

  • Name of the petitioner
  • Residence
  • Country of birth
  • Place and date of arrival
  • Names of two witnesses
  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:

  • Name of court and date of hearing
  • Name of immigrant
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date of arrival and port of entry
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • 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 "State"
⇒Select the appropriate "County, Court"
⇒ Select the "Record Type, Date Range, Volume" which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person 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.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

New England Naturatization Records

Related Wiki Articles

New England

Contributions to This Article

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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. A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.