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Characteristics of This Project
All records are naturalization records.
Each batch includes up to 15 images.
Images may include just one or several records.
Description of the Records
Most of the records were handwritten or typed on preprinted forms.
Images may include different, individual naturalization documents that relate to the same person. These documents may be filed on separate, successive images. When multiple images include information about the same individual, index each image as a separate record. Except when an image has a Declaration of Intention and Petition for Naturalization for the same individual, index these two records as one.
Overlays, which normally are small handwritten notes, are attached to some records.
Information about these records
Most West Virginia courts or counties recorded naturalization proceedings in the minutes and dockets of the courts rather than keeping separate registers. Prior to 1906, any court of record could naturalize immigrants. From 1906 to 1929 the federal government regulated naturalization but allowed most state or county courts to continue naturalizing immigrants. After 1929 only federal courts handled naturalizations.