Minnesota Naturalization Card Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930-1988 .
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|Minnesota, United States|
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|Record Type||Naturalization Indexes|
|Record Group||RG 21: Records of the District Courts of the United States|
|National Archives Identifier||6923862 6923863|
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 General Tips about Naturalization Records
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of two naturalization card indexes from the United States District Court of Minnesota 3rd division and 4th division captured at the NARA facility in Chicago. This collection includes records from 1930 to 1988.
- U.S.District Court Third Division(St. Paul) of the District of Minnesota, 1930-1988 NAID 6923862
- U.S.District Court Fourth Division (Minneapolis) of the District of Minnesota, 1930-1988 NAID 6923863
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930-1988.|
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
The index cards include the following information:
- Certificate number
- Birth date
- Admission date
- Certificate date
- Name of court
- Place of court
- Petition number
- Alien registration number
- Signature of immigrant
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor.
- The approximate date of naturalization.
- The place where the naturalization occurred.
Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "Division"
⇒Select the appropriate "Name Range" which takes you to the images
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.
What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s naturalization record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.
I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?
Use those 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
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- Check for variant spellings of the names and for nicknames.
- 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 localities.
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General Tips about Naturalization Records
- Immigrants could naturalize in any court that performed naturalizations. That included city, county, state and federal courts. Begin by looking for naturalization records in the courts of the county or city where the immigrant lived.
- Look first for the petition (second papers), because they are usually easier to find in courts near where the immigant eventually settled.
- After 1906, the declaration can be filed with the petition as the immigrant was required to submit a copy when he submitted the petition.
- Because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. If they worked somewhere other than their residence, they may have gone to a court closer to work to naturalize.
- 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.
Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930-1988." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. National Archives at Chicago, Illinois.
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 Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930-1988.|
|The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930-1988.|
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