New York Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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New York, Naturalization Index, 1792-1906 .
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|Record Type||Naturalization Petition Index (Soundex)|
|Microfilm Publication||M1674. Index(Soundex) to Naturalization Petitions Filed in Federal, State, and Local Courts in New York,New York,Including New York,Kings,Queens, and Richmond,1792-1906. 204 rolls.|
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Coverage Table
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 What Can this Collection Tell Me?
- 5 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 6 What Do I Do Next?
- 7 Citing this Collection
- 8 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
The collection is an index to photocopies of naturalization documents filed in twelve courts in New York from 1792 to 1906. This collection corresponds to National Archives publication number M1674. The index is arranged according to the Soundex system.
To Browse this Collection
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, Naturalization Index, 1792-1906.|
The Coverage Table shows the locality, courts and years covered in this index. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table below; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.
|Locality||Court of Jurisdiction||Years Covered|
|Kings County||County Court||1806-1906|
|New York City||Marine Court||1806-1849|
|New York County||County Court of Common Pleas||1792-1895|
|New York County||County Superior Court||1828-1895|
|New York City||City and County Supreme Court||1868-1906|
|Queens||County Surrogate Court||1888-1898|
|Richmond County||County Court||1869-1906|
|U.S. Circuit Court||Southern District (New York, Bronx and also Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties)||1846-1876|
|U.S. District Court||Eastern District, (Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties)||1865-1906|
|U.S. District Court Southern Court||Southern District, (New York, Bronx and also Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland, Sullivan and Westchester counties)||1824-1906|
What Can this Collection Tell Me?
The index usually includes the following:
- Petition number
- Date of petition
- Volume and page number of the petition
It may also show:
- Declaration number
- Date of declaration
- Volume and page number of the declaration
- Certification number
- Date of issuance
How Do I Search the Collection?
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 by Name by visiting the Collection Page:
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.
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse through images" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Roll Number, Soundex (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 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.
- If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
- Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.
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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 the locator information found in the index (such as name of court, page, entry, or certificate number) to locate your ancestors in the records.
- 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, 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.
I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?
- 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 of nearby counties.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.
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.
- “New York, Naturalization Index, 1792-1906.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA publication M1674. New York Northeast Region National Archives, New York, New York.
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