Vermont Naturalization and Citizenship

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''[[United States of America|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|U.S. Naturalizations]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont|Vermont]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Vermont_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalizations]]''  
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''[[United States of America|United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|U.S. Naturalizations]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Vermont|Vermont]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Vermont_Naturalization_and_Citizenship|Naturalizations]]''  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant’s place of origin, his foreign and Americanized names, residence, and date of arrival.  
 
Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant’s place of origin, his foreign and Americanized names, residence, and date of arrival.  
  
Immigrants to the [[Portal:United States of America|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 complete the process and become a citizen, he may have filed a declaration. These declarations can be very helpful.  
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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. Even if an immigrant ancestor did not complete the process and become a citizen, he may have filed a declaration. These declarations can be very helpful.  
  
 
== Records  ==
 
== Records  ==
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Records for earlier years usually contain less information than those after 1906, when the federal court system for naturalization was revised and details such as birth date and place, physical description, and marital status may be given.  
 
Records for earlier years usually contain less information than those after 1906, when the federal court system for naturalization was revised and details such as birth date and place, physical description, and marital status may be given.  
  
== Availability  ==
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Naturalization records in Vermont were filed in the municipal courts, county courts, superior courts, district courts, and circuit courts.
  
Naturalization records for Vermont have been filed primarily in county and district courts. You can obtain copies of declarations and petitions from the clerk of the appropriate court or from the [http://www.bgs.state.vt.us/gsc/pubrec/referen/ Public Records Division] in Montpelier. The Public Records Division and the [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ National Archives-Northeast Region (Boston)] also have naturalization records for the United States District Court, Vermont District, at Burlington, Chittenden County.  
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*The [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)] has applications filed in U.S. circuit and district courts from about 1842 to 1955.
  
== Index  ==
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*For naturalization records and indexes from state and federal courts available at the Family History Library (FHL), see {{FHL|1171653|subject_id|disp=Vermont - Naturalization and citizenship}}. Naturalization records held by a county or city court are identified by searching under the county or city name.
  
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 copies and index are at the National Archives-Northeast Region (Boston). The original records remain in the courts. The [http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives] in Washington, DC, and the Family History Library have microfilm copies of the index:
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*Many Vermont naturalization records are available at the [http://vermont-archives.org/research/genealogy/naturalizations/ Vermont State Archives].
  
*United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service. ''Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, 1791–1906''. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1299. Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1983. (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=19737&disp=Index+to+New+England+naturalization+peti%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1429671–787].) The Soundex index cards are arranged by state and then by name of the petitioner. The cards show the date of naturalization, the name and location of the court, and the volume and page or certificate number of the naturalization record. The index for Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire is on films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=19737&disp=Index+to+New+England+naturalization+peti%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1429717–87].
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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:  
  
For naturalization records after September 1906, contact the [http://www.archives.gov/northeast/boston/ National Archives—Northeast Region (Boston)] or access the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD Genealogy Program] at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS).  
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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 has copies of naturalization records for the counties of Rutland and Lamoille. They can be found in the Family History Library Catalog by using a Place Search under:
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For naturalization records after September 1906, contact the [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]] or access the [http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=d21f3711ca5ca110VgnVCM1000004718190aRCRD Genealogy Program] at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS).  
 
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VERMONT, [COUNTY]- NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP
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== '''Web Sites'''  ==
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Vermont State Archives, Naturalization Records:&nbsp; [http://vermont-archives.org/collect/pdf/naturalizations.pdf http://vermont-archives.org/collect/pdf/naturalizations.pdf]<br><!--{12078793736350} -->
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== References  ==
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''[[Vermont]] Research Outline.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.
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:NOTE: All of the information from the original research outline has been imported into this Wiki site and is being updated as time permits.
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[[Category:Vermont|Naturalization]]
 
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History

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship to foreign-born residents. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant’s place of origin, his 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. Even if an immigrant ancestor did not complete the process and become a citizen, he may have filed a declaration. These declarations can be very helpful.

Records

Various types of records were created during the naturalization process, including declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization, oaths of allegiance and certificates of naturalization and citizenship. Each record can give details about a person, such as age, residence, country or city of origin, ethnic background, the date and port of arrival, the name of the ship, names of spouse and children with their birth dates and places, and previous residences or current address.

Records for earlier years usually contain less information than those after 1906, when the federal court system for naturalization was revised and details such as birth date and place, physical description, and marital status may be given.

Naturalization records in Vermont were filed in the municipal courts, county courts, superior courts, district courts, and circuit courts.

  • For naturalization records and indexes from state and federal courts available at the Family History Library (FHL), see Vermont - Naturalization and citizenship. Naturalization records held by a county or city court are identified by searching under the county or city name.

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.)

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