Utah Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Utah, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization Petition Dockets
Record Group RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1906-1930
Arrangement Numerical by file number
National Archives Identifier 2679339
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection contains naturalization records filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in the early 20th century. The original records are identified as "Dockets Containing Naturalization Petitions, 1906 - 1930" (NAID 2679339) at the U.S. National Archives at Denver. They are part of Record Group 21 Records of the District Courts of the United States. The records consist of docket books containing declarations of intention and petitions with some including indexes by name. The collection is arranged numerically by file number.

Naturalizations filed in a U.S. District court are another source of information, in addition to those filed in Utah state district courts. The choice of where to file and when likely came from laws and common practices at the time. After 1906, all naturalization and citizenship records should also be available from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions may include any of the following:

  • Name of the immigrant
  • Country of birth
  • Arrival date
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse

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How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

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  1. Select District Court
  2. Select Record Type, Year Range, and Volume number or letter

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

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What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Make sure to fully transcribe and cite the record entry for future reference; see the section Citing this Collection for assistance. Save or print a copy of the image
  • Use the information found in the record to find other records such as emigrations, port records, and ship’s manifests.
  • Use the record to learn your ancestor’s foreign and “Americanized” names, if they were different.
  • Use the record to learn the place of origin and find their church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and probate records.
  • Use the record to see if other family members who may have immigrated with the person you are looking for are listed and have additional information or leads; you may also find additional information on new family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • 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, 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.
  • Check other possible ports of entry
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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.

Collection Citation:

“Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930.” Images. FamilySearch.’' http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA ARC #2679339. Citing U. S. District Court for the District of Utah 1896-, NAID 2679339. 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 Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930.


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