Indonesia, Naturalization and Citizenship Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record

Indonesia, Naturalisasi dan Kewarganegaraan Rekaman

Record Description

Indonesia is a series of islands that was colonized by the Dutch and gained its independence following World War II. As a country dependent on agriculture as well as trade with foreign nations, it is a country filled with several languages, religions, and peoples. The custom of naming children is one example of diversity: In general, the everyday Indonesian typically will have only one name, while those of the middle class more often have two names like in Western cultures. In other words, longer names may be an indicator of an individual’s social status.

Immigration to Indonesia also took place when huge populations from the Indian subcontinent visited the country and settled there. For working in Indonesia, the foreigners have to send their application to the immigration office.

These records include many citizenship and naturalization records from the District Courts in Indonesia. The Surat Bukti Kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia (SBKRI), or applications for citizenship, were primarily filled out by Chinese Immigrants to Indonesia.

The collections include the following record types:

  • Permohonan Akte Kelahiran (Applications for birth certificate)
  • Permohonan Pewarganegaraan (Applications for naturalization)
  • Permohonan SBKRI (Applications for Indonesian Citizenship)
  • Permohonan Ahli Waris (Court decrees of inheritance)
  • Permohonan Anak Angkat (Applications for adoption of a child)
  • Permohonan Ganti Nama (Applications for name changes)
  • Permohonan Akte Perkawinan (Applications for marriage certificate)

Record Content

Naturalization records may contain the following information:

  • Name of the Individual
  • Gender
  • Birthdate and Birthplace
  • Names of parents
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Occupation

Citizenship records usually contain the following information:

  • Original Full Name
  • Name Change Place
  • Birthdate and Birthplace
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Name of Spouse
  • Marriage Date and Place
  • Names of Children and Children’s Birthdate and Birthplace
  • Name of Person declaring the Information
  • Names of Witnesses

Birth certificates may contain the following information:

  • Name of Child
  • Gender
  • Birthdate and Birthplace
  • Name of mother and her Birthdate and Birthplace
  • Mother's Occupation
  • Name of Father and his Birthdate and Birthplace
  • Father’s Occupation
  • Age of Mother and Father
  • Residence
  • Names of Witnesses

Marriage records may contain the following information:

  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name and age of groom
  • Groom's place of birth
  • Groom's religion, occupation, residency and marital status
  • Complete name and age of bride
  • Bride's place of birth
  • Bride's religion, occupation, residency and marital status

Checklist records usually contain the following information:

  • Applicant’s Name
  • Birthdate and Birthplace
  • Name of Parents, Guardian or Spouse
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Residency Identification Card Number

How to Use the Record

To begin your search in the naturalization records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of event
  • Place of last residence

Using the Information

When you have found the record that you are looking for, the following will help you in your search:

  • Use the age on the record to calculate a birth year
  • Use the names of the parents on birth records to search for a marriage record

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