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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in the Collection? ==
  
The Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979 consists of a card index to naturalization records for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois, in Chicago, ARC Identifier 593882. This collection is being published as images become available.  
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The first collection consists of a card index to naturalization petitions for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois, in Chicago[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1165908 NAID 1165908]. The card index was compiled from the following series: "Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1906 - ca. 1975" [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/281842 NAID 281842,] "Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991" [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/593882 NAID 593882,] and "Overseas Naturalization Petition Books, 1942-1956" [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1183015 NAID 1183015.]
  
The Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 is NARA publication M1285: Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950. This card file is an index to petitions for residents of northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. Filed by soundex codes the entries prior to 1906 differ from those after 1906. After 1906 the entries generally include the name of petitioner; address; name of the court in which naturalization occurred; certificate, petition, or other identifying document number; country and date of birth; date and place of arrival in the United States; date of naturalization; and name and address of witnesses. Although space was provided for this information, it is not always present on every card. Index cards for naturalizations taking place prior to 1906 typically contain only the name of the petitioner, the name of the court in which naturalization occurred, document number, country of origin, and the date of naturalization.
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===To Browse this Collection===
  
Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Most counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.
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For an alphabetical list of records currently published in the Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1838804/waypoints Browse].
 
  
For a list of records by soundex currently published in the Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979 collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/1838804/waypoints Browse].  
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The Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 is NARA publication M1285: [[Soundex]] Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950. This card file is an index to petitions for residents of northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. Filed by [[Soundex]] codes the entries prior to 1906 differ from those after 1906.It includes no records from Cook County, Illinois, prior to 1871 as these records were destroyed by fire. For more information about Soundex indexes and instructions for coding names, see the Wiki article “[[Soundex]]."
  
==== First Collection  ====
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The first collection consists of card index to naturalization records for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois, in Chicago. The card index was compiled from the following series: "Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1906 - ca. 1975" (ARC Identifier 281842), "Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991" (ARC Identifier 593882), and "Overseas Naturalization Petition Books, 1942-1956" (ARC Identifier 1183015).
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==== Second Collection ====
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The second collection is a soundex card index to petitions for residents of northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. It includes no records from Cook County, Illinois, prior to 1871 as these records were destroyed by fire. For more information about Soundex indexes and instructions for coding names, see the Wiki article “[[Soundex|Soundex]].”
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'''Indexes the following collections'''
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*Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1906-ca. 1975, [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/281842 NAID 281842]
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*Petition for Naturalization,1906-1991,[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/593882 NAID 593882]
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*Military Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1918-1922,[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1182054 NAID 1182054]
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*Naturalization Petitions,1872-1902,[https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1225038 NAID 1225038]
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*Municipal and county naturalization records in northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, eastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin
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'''The index includes the following counties for Illinois:''' Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Champaign, Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Ford, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago, and Woodford.  
 
'''The index includes the following counties for Illinois:''' Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Champaign, Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Ford, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago, and Woodford.  
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While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information.  
 
While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information.  
  
The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.&nbsp;
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The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.
  
 
Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen.&nbsp;  
 
Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen.&nbsp;  
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No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906,&nbsp;federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).&nbsp;  
 
No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906,&nbsp;federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).&nbsp;  
  
Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters.  
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Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters.
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After 1906 the entries generally include the name of petitioner; address; name of the court in which naturalization occurred; certificate, petition, or other identifying document number; country and date of birth; date and place of arrival in the United States; date of naturalization; and name and address of witnesses. Although space was provided for this information, it is not always present on every card. Index cards for naturalizations taking place prior to 1906 typically contain only the name of the petitioner, the name of the court in which naturalization occurred, document number, country of origin, and the date of naturalization.  
  
== Record Content  ==
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Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Most counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.
  
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Image ===
 
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Image:Illinois, Northern District, Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions (10-0397) (11-0450) DGS 4640946 109.jpg|Soundex Index Card
 
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==What Can this Collection Tell Me?==
  
 
Index cards for naturalizations taking place prior to 1906 typically contain the following information. Not all information is provided on every card.&nbsp;:  
 
Index cards for naturalizations taking place prior to 1906 typically contain the following information. Not all information is provided on every card.&nbsp;:  
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*Address  
 
*Address  
 
*Name of the court in which naturalization occurred  
 
*Name of the court in which naturalization occurred  
*Crtificate, petition, or other identifying document number  
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*Certificate, petition, or other identifying document number  
 
*Country of origin  
 
*Country of origin  
 
*Date of birth  
 
*Date of birth  
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*Residence of spouse
 
*Residence of spouse
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search the Collection?  ==
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:
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*The full name of your ancestor.
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*The approximate year of immigration.
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*The approximate year of naturalization.
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*The place where your ancestor lived.
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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.
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'''Search by Name by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2040533?collectionNameFilter=false Collection Page]:'''<br>Fill in the requested information 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 own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.
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'''View images in this collection by visiting the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/recapi/sord/collection/2040533/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page <br> ⇒Select "Name Range" which takes you to the images.
  
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links: <br>⇒Select "Browse" link in the initial search page <br>⇒Select "Name Range" which takes you to the images.  
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Look at each 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.  
  
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:  
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With any of these searches keep in mind:  
  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
 
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.  
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
 
*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
  
Name indexes make it possible to access a specific record quickly. Check the index for the surname and then the given name. You may need to look at many cards to find the one you are seeking. Remember that these indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
 
 
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.  
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1838804 | Illinois, Northern District naturalization index, 1840-1950]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
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. Compare the information in the record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
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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. For example, you can use naturalization&nbsp;records to:
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When you have located your ancestor’s naturalization 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.  
  
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=== I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now? ===
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*Use naturalization&nbsp;records to:
 
*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin  
 
*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin  
 
*Confirm their date of arrival  
 
*Confirm their date of arrival  
 
*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names  
 
*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names  
 
*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
 
*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
 
<br>You may also find these tips helpful:
 
 
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
 
*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.  
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*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.
 
*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.
  
<br>If you do not find the name you are looking for, try the following:
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=== 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.  
 
*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.  
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*Search the indexes of nearby counties.
 
*Search the indexes of nearby counties.
  
== Related Websites ==
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== Citing this Collection ==
  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/naturalizations.htm Illinois State Archives]
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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.  
*[http://www.archives.gov/great-lakes/finding-aids/courts/us-courts-chicago.html#general United States District and Circuit Court Records (Chicago)]
 
*[http://www.germanroots.com/illinoisnat.html Online Illinois Naturalization Records Indexes &amp; Finding Aids]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. [http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing District Court. National Archives and Records Administration, Great Lakes Region, Chicago.}} <br><br>
  
*[[Illinois|Illinois]]
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'''Record citation''' (or citation for the index entry):<br>
*[[Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship|Illinois Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.  
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "lllinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. [http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1285. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.}} <br><br>
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization Index
Record Group RG 85: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Collection years 1840-1979
Microfilm Publication M1285. Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois, and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950.
National Archives Identifier 449801111659081160705
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What is in the Collection?

The first collection consists of a card index to naturalization petitions for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois, in ChicagoNAID 1165908. The card index was compiled from the following series: "Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1906 - ca. 1975" NAID 281842, "Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991" NAID 593882, and "Overseas Naturalization Petition Books, 1942-1956" NAID 1183015.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979.


The Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 is NARA publication M1285: Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950. This card file is an index to petitions for residents of northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. Filed by Soundex codes the entries prior to 1906 differ from those after 1906.It includes no records from Cook County, Illinois, prior to 1871 as these records were destroyed by fire. For more information about Soundex indexes and instructions for coding names, see the Wiki article “Soundex."

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for lllinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950.


Indexes the following collections

  • Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1906-ca. 1975, NAID 281842
  • Petition for Naturalization,1906-1991,NAID 593882
  • Military Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1918-1922,NAID 1182054
  • Naturalization Petitions,1872-1902,NAID 1225038
  • Municipal and county naturalization records in northern Illinois, northwestern Indiana, eastern Iowa and southern Wisconsin


The index includes the following counties for Illinois: Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Champaign, Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Ford, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, Lake, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, McHenry, McLean, Mercer, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago, and Woodford.

The index includes the following counties for Indiana: Benton, Fulton, Jasper, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, and Starke.

The index includes the following counties for Iowa: Allamakee, Appanoose, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mahaska, Mitchell, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Tama, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington, and Winneshiek.

The index includes the following counties for Wisconsin: Adams, Brown, Calumet, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Forest, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Lafayette, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oconto, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Shawano, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago, and Wood.

The actual naturalization volumes vary in size and format. Prior to the late 1800s each document was usually handwritten on one page. From the late 1800s and on, printed forms were used. After 1906 many entries were typewritten.

While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information.


The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.

Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen. 

No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906, federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters.

After 1906 the entries generally include the name of petitioner; address; name of the court in which naturalization occurred; certificate, petition, or other identifying document number; country and date of birth; date and place of arrival in the United States; date of naturalization; and name and address of witnesses. Although space was provided for this information, it is not always present on every card. Index cards for naturalizations taking place prior to 1906 typically contain only the name of the petitioner, the name of the court in which naturalization occurred, document number, country of origin, and the date of naturalization.

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. Most counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Index cards for naturalizations taking place prior to 1906 typically contain the following information. Not all information is provided on every card. :

  • Name of the petitioner
  • Residence of petitioner
  • Birth date of petitioner
  • Name of the court in which naturalization occurred
  • Document number
  • Country of origin
  • Date and port of entry of arrival in U.S.
  • Date of naturalization
  • Names and addresses of witnesses

Most cards that index naturalizations after 1906 provide space for the following information:

  • Name of petitioner
  • Address
  • Name of the court in which naturalization occurred
  • Certificate, petition, or other identifying document number
  • Country of origin
  • Date of birth
  • Date and place of arrival in the United States
  • Date of naturalization
  • Name and address of witnesses

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included 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

In post-1906 records, you may also find:

  • 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

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate year of immigration.
  • The approximate year of naturalization.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.


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.

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Fill in the requested information 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 own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
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Look at each 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.

With any of these searches 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.

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What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s naturalization 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, 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.

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:

"Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979." Database with images. FamilySearch. [http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing District Court. National Archives and Records Administration, Great Lakes Region, Chicago.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for Illinois, Northern District (Eastern Division), Naturalization Index, 1926-1979.


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Collection Citation:

"lllinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950." Database with images. FamilySearch. [http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1285. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

Record citation (or citation for the index entry):

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