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Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant’s place of origin, foreign and Americanized names, residence, and date of arrival.
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''[[United States of America|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|U.S. Naturalizations]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New Hampshire|New Hampshire]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[New_Hampshire_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalizations]]''
  
Immigrants to the United States have never been required to apply for citizenship. Of those who applied, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship. Evidence that an immigrant completed citizenship requirements can be found in censuses, court minutes, homestead records, passports, voting registers, and military papers. Even if an immigrant ancestor did not become a citizen, he or she may have filed an application. These application records still exist and contain some genealogical information. See the [http://www.familysearchwiki.org/../united-states-research-outline United States Research Outline] (30972) for a more complete discussion of the naturalization process and the records created. An index to New England naturalization records is:
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== History  ==
  
United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service. ''Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 179[http://www.familysearchwiki.org/../united-states-research-outline United States Research Outline]1–1906''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1299. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1983. (FHL films 1429671–787.) Those pertaining to New Hampshire begin with film 1429717. These index cards are organized by state and then by petitioner, arranged according to the Soundex system. The index gives the name and location of the court that granted the naturalization, date of naturalization, and volume and page number of the naturalization record.
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Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant’s place of origin, foreign and Americanized names, residence, and date of arrival.  
  
Some early [[New Hampshire]] naturalization records as well as civil court cases can be found in the Colonial Court Records, 1638–1772 Approx. mentioned in the "[[New Hampshire Court Records|Court Records]]" section of this outline. This includes an alphabetical card index.
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Immigrants to the United States have never been required to apply for citizenship. Of those who applied, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship. Evidence that an immigrant completed citizenship requirements can be found in censuses, court minutes, homestead records, passports, voting registers, and military papers.  
  
For naturalization records after September 1906, contact the local Immigration and Naturalization office or the National Archives-Northeast Region (Boston). For the address, see the "[[New Hampshire Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]" section of this outline.
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== Availability  ==
  
Other New Hampshire naturalization records can be found in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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Even if an immigrant ancestor did not become a citizen, he or she may have filed a declaration, or first papers. These declaration records still exist and contain some genealogical information.
  
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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)].
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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. <br>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. Some of the records are more recent than 1906.<br>Online at {{RecordSearch|1840474|FamilySearch Historical Records}}. [[United States New England Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|(Learn more.)]]
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:Microfilm copies of this index are at the [[National Archives and Records Administration|National Archives]] in Washington, D.C., and at the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]] on {{FHL|19737|item|disp=FHL films 1429671-787.}}.
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Some early New Hampshire naturalization records as well as civil court cases can be found in the ''Colonial Court Records, 1638–1772''. (See the section on New Hampshire Court Records.) This includes an alphabetical card index.
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Other New Hampshire naturalization records can be found in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
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== Post 1906 Records  ==
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For naturalization records after September 1906, use the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD Genealogy Program] at the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis United States Citizenship and Immigration Services] (formerly INS), or the [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]].
  
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History

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant’s place of origin, foreign and Americanized names, residence, and date of arrival.

Immigrants to the United States have never been required to apply for citizenship. Of those who applied, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship. Evidence that an immigrant completed citizenship requirements can be found in censuses, court minutes, homestead records, passports, voting registers, and military papers.

Availability

Even if an immigrant ancestor did not become a citizen, he or she may have filed a declaration, or first papers. These declaration records still exist and contain some genealogical information.

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).

  • United States, Immigration and Naturalization Service. Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791-1906. Washington, D.C.: The National Archives, 1983.
    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. Some of the records are more recent than 1906.
    Online at FamilySearch Historical Records. (Learn more.)
Microfilm copies of this index are at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and at the Family History Library on FHL films 1429671-787..

Some early New Hampshire naturalization records as well as civil court cases can be found in the Colonial Court Records, 1638–1772. (See the section on New Hampshire Court Records.) This includes an alphabetical card index.

Other New Hampshire naturalization records can be found in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

NEW HAMPSHIRE- NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP

NEW HAMPSHIRE, [COUNTY]- NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP

Post 1906 Records

For naturalization records after September 1906, use the Genealogy Program at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS), or the National Archives Northeast Region (Boston).