New Mexico, Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New Mexico, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization
Record Group RG 21: Records of the District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1882-1983
National Archives Identifier 350
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What is in the Collection?

New Mexico Naturalization Records from 1882-1983 located at the Regional National Archives in Denver.

  • First Judicial District of New Mexico - Santa Fe, Declaration of Intention Record Books,1882-1917, NAID 895239
  • First Judicial District of New Mexico - Santa Fe, Naturalization Record Books,1898-1906, NAID # 895351
  • First Judicial District of New Mexico - Santa Fe, Petitions for Naturalization,1906-1917, NAID # 895790
  • First Judicial District of New Mexico - Santa Fe, Certificates of Naturalization,1907-1917,NAID # 895976
  • Fourth Judicial District of New Mexico - Las Vegas, Declarations of Intention for Naturalization,1906-1909, NAID# 1078527
  • Fourth Judicial District of New Mexico - Las Vegas, Petitions for Naturalization,1906-1912,NAID # 1078528
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Mexico, Naturalization Records,1962-1983,NAID # 4102816
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Mexico, Naturalization Declarations and Petitions,1912-1963,NAID # 1055070
You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Mexico, Naturalization Records, 1882-1983.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

The information found in Naturalization Records varies by county and individual record. You may find any of the following:

  • Full name of petitioner
  • Date and place of declaration
  • Age, occupation and residence of petitioner
  • Date and place of emigration
  • Date of arrival and port of entry
  • Physical description
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Date of marriage
  • Maiden name of spouse
  • Spouse's date and place of birth
  • Names of children and their birth place
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of judge

How Do I Search the Collection?

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 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 your ancestor naturalized before 1900, check the census records to see when he or she first appeared in the census. This will give you a 10 year window in which they may have immigrated.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the appropriate "County"
⇒ Select the appropriate "Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter" 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 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. 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.

What Do I Do Next?

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.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

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.
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, 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.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby counties.

Citing 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 Mexico, Naturalization Records, 1882-1983.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Various NAID. Records of District Court of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. National Archives at Denver, Colorado.

Image Citation:

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 New Mexico, Naturalization Records, 1882-1983.

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