Louisiana, Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Louisiana Naturalization Records, 1831-1906 .
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|Louisiana, United States|
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|Record Type||Naturalization Card Index|
|Record Group||RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States|
|National Archives Identifier||350|
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Contents
- 4 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing this Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in the Collection?
This collection includes naturalization records from the National Archives - Southwest Region, and the Louisiana Index to Certificates 1831-1906.
“’Naturalization’” is a voluntary process through which immigrants can become American citizens. By becoming naturalized citizens, immigrants are granted the same rights, privileges and protections as natural born citizens. Individual States handled naturalizations until 1906 when the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization standardized immigration laws and procedures. Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen is 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 general requirements for citizenship include residency in one U.S. state for one year and in the United States for five years The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant's nation of origin, his foreign and “Americanized” names, residence, and date of arrival. Naturalization records were created to process naturalizations and keep track of immigrants in the United States. Naturalization records are generally reliable, but may occasionally be subject to error or falsification. Be sure to search all possible spellings for the surname of the person for whom you are looking. Think about how the surname was pronounced, and how it sounded in the immigrant’s probable accent. Immigrants or their families often changed or “Americanized” the spelling and pronunciation of their names especially their surname, thus the surname may be spelled differently in records that were closer to your ancestor's immigration date. Also, because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. For example, if an immigrant lived in Maine, but worked in Vermont or New Hampshire, they may have gone to a court closer to work.
To Browse this Collection
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What Can These Records Tell Me?
The following information can be found in these records:
- Address at time of declaration or petition
- Country of birth and date
- Date and place of arrival
- Country of birth
- Arrival date
- Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
- Last foreign residence
How Do I Search the Collection?
You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The approximate date and place of naturalization
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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”.
- 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 the Person 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.
- "Louisiana Naturalization Records, 1831-1906" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. 2016. Citing Immigration and Naturalization Service. National Archives and Records Division, Southwest Region, Fort Worth, Texas.
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