New York Naturalization Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
New York, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization
Collection years 1792-1906
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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.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New York, Naturalization Index, 1792-1906.

Coverage Table

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
Brooklyn City Court 1836-1894
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 Court 1799-1906
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

Collection Contents

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.

To search the collection 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:

  • 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.

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. For example:

  • 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.

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.

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

  • 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.

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Citing this Collection

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Collection Citation:

“New York, Naturalization Index, 1792-1906.” Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing NARA publication M1674. New York Northeast Region National Archives, New York, New York.

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 York, Naturalization Index, 1792-1906.