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== Record Description  ==
 
== Record Description  ==
  
This collection is a Soundex index to photocopies of naturalization documents filed in courts in the following states:  
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The collection consists of naturalization documents filed in the National Archives Northeast Region (NARA ARC Identifier 4752894) which includes:  
  
*Connecticut
 
 
*Maine  
 
*Maine  
 
*Massachusetts  
 
*Massachusetts  
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*Vermont
 
*Vermont
  
The index consists of 3x5 inch cards arranged by state then by Soundex coded names of petitioners.For more information on the Soundex see FamilySearch Wiki: [[Soundex|Soundex]]
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The majority of the records cover the date range of 1791-1906 but there are a few pages of outlying records from 1921, 1923, and 1932.  
  
The actual naturalization volumes vary in size and format. Prior to the late 1800s each document was usually handwritten on one page. From the late 1800s and on, printed forms were used. After 1906 many entries were typewritten.
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The index consists of 3x5 inch cards arranged by state then by Soundex coded names of petitioners. For more information on the Soundex see FamilySearch Wiki: [[Soundex|Soundex]]
  
While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information.
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The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.&nbsp;
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Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen.&nbsp;
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No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).&nbsp;
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Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters.&nbsp;
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These indexes are for records that cover the years from 1791 to 1906.&nbsp;
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Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Most counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.
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The index is very accurate and the information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.
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For a list of records by localities and soundex currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1840474/waypoints Browse].
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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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.
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{{Collection citation| text =<!--bibdescbegin-->Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. "New England Naturalization Index." NARA microfilm publication M1299. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., n.d.<!--bibdescend-->}}
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== Record Content  ==
  
[[United States New England Naturalization Index (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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Image:New England Naturalization Index (10-0418) (11-0563) DGS 1429671_118.jpg|Index Card
== Record Content  ==
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[[Image:New England Naturalization Index (10-0418) (11-0563) DGS 1429671 118.jpg|thumb|right]] The index cards include the following:  
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'''The index cards''' usually contain the following:  
  
 
*Name of immigrant  
 
*Name of immigrant  
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*Names and address of witnesses
 
*Names and address of witnesses
  
Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:  
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'''Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions''' usually included the following:  
  
 
*Name of the immigrant  
 
*Name of the immigrant  
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*Signature of judge or court official
 
*Signature of judge or court official
  
In post-1906 records, you may also find:  
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'''In post-1906 records''', you may also find:  
  
 
*Birth date  
 
*Birth date  
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If you do not know this information, check the 1900 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.  
 
If you do not know this information, check the 1900 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  ====
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=== Search the Collection  ===
  
To search the collection by name fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. 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 "Locality - Soundex 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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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].  
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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=== Using the Information  ===
  
 
Use the locator information found in the index (such as name of court, page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records.  
 
Use the locator information found in the index (such as name of court, page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records.  
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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  ===
  
 
*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.  
 
*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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*Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
*Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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=== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ===
  
 
*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.  
 
*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.  
 
*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 and records or nearby localities.
 
*Search the indexes and records or nearby localities.
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== Additional Information About the Records  ==
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'''Physical Description'''
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The actual naturalization volumes vary in size and format. Prior to the late 1800s each document was usually handwritten on one page. From the late 1800s and on, printed forms were used. After 1906 many entries were typewritten. Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters. The index is very accurate and the information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.
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While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information.
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'''History of the Records'''
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Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Most counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.
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The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.
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Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen.
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No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).&nbsp;
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]].
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[http://www.archives.gov/frc/boston/ National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]  
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
*[[Connecticut Naturalization and Citizenship|Connecticut Naturalization and Citizenship<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1285114175591_332" />]]
 
 
*[[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship]]  
 
*[[Maine Naturalization and Citizenship|Maine Naturalization and Citizenship]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts Naturalization and Citizenship|Massachusetts Naturalization and Citizenship]]  
 
*[[Massachusetts Naturalization and Citizenship|Massachusetts Naturalization and Citizenship]]  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections ==
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== Citations for this Collection ==
 
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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.
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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|Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
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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.  
  
=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection ===
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "New England, Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906." Index and Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing ARC Identifier 4752894. Waltham, Massachusetts: National Archives Northeast Region.}}<br><br>
  
"United States, New England Naturalization Index, 1791." &nbsp;database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([http://www.familysearch.org http://familysearch.org]: accessed 8 April 2011). &nbsp;James Hadley, Hartford Connecticut; citing Naturalization Indexes, Connecticut H533 (Phillip)-J212 (Wolfe). Image 34; United States Federal Archives and Records Center, Washington, D.C.
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Latest revision as of 20:58, 10 February 2015

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

Contents

Record Description

The collection consists of naturalization documents filed in the National Archives Northeast Region (NARA ARC Identifier 4752894) which includes:

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

The majority of the records cover the date range of 1791-1906 but there are a few pages of outlying records from 1921, 1923, and 1932.

The index consists of 3x5 inch cards arranged by state then by Soundex coded names of petitioners. For more information on the Soundex see FamilySearch Wiki: Soundex

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New England, Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906.

Record Content

The index cards usually contain the following:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Place of residence
  • Title and location of court granting certificate of naturalization
  • Volume and page number where certificate is recorded
  • Country of birth
  • Age or birth date
  • Date of arrival and U. S. port of entry
  • Names and address of witnesses

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:

  • Name of the immigrant
  • Country of birth
  • Arrival date
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official

In post-1906 records, you may also find:

  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse

How to Use the Record

When searching the index 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 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 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 "Locality - Soundex 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 Search Tips and Tricks.

Using the Information

Use the locator information found in the index (such as name of court, page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records.

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.
  • Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

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 and records or nearby localities.

Additional Information About the Records

Physical Description

The actual naturalization volumes vary in size and format. Prior to the late 1800s each document was usually handwritten on one page. From the late 1800s and on, printed forms were used. After 1906 many entries were typewritten. Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters. The index is very accurate and the information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.

While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information.

History of the Records

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Most counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.

The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.

Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen.

No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

Related Websites

National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)

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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:

"New England, Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing ARC Identifier 4752894. Waltham, Massachusetts: National Archives Northeast Region.

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 New England, Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906.

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 New England, Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906.

 

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