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== Record Description ==
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| RW_URL_01 = [http://www.archives.gov/research/naturalization/naturalization.html NARA Naturalization Records]
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This collection consists of naturalization documents filed in the National Archives Northeast Region which includes: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NARA ARC Identifier 4752894. This collection is being published as images become available. The collection covers the years 1787 to 1931.
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== What Is in the Collection?  ==
  
For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//familysearch.org/records/collection/2064580/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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This collection consists of naturalization records from Federal, state and local courts filed in the National Archives Northeast Region which includes: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NARA NAID Identifier 4752894 and is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The collection covers the years 1787 to 1906.  The collection is indexed in NAID 4752892 [https://catalog.archives.gov/id/4752892 Index to Naturalizations in New England Courts, 1939-1942.]
  
== Record Content  ==
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===To Browse This Collection===
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== Collection Content  ==
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=== Sample Images ===
  
 
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The information given for each petition includes the following:  
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==What Can This Collection Tell Me?==
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The information given for '''each petition''' includes the following:  
  
 
*Name of the petitioner  
 
*Name of the petitioner  
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*Volume and page number of the petition
 
*Volume and page number of the petition
  
Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:  
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Declaration of '''Intent and Naturalization Petitions''' usually included the following:  
  
 
*Name of court and date of hearing  
 
*Name of court and date of hearing  
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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? ==
  
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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To begin your search it is helpful to know:  
 
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*The full name of your ancestor.
*The full name of your ancestor  
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*The approximate immigration and naturalization dates.
*The approximate immigration and naturalization dates  
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*The ancestor’s residence.
*The ancestor’s residence
 
  
 
If you do not know this information, check the 1900 or 1910 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.  
 
If you do not know this information, check the 1900 or 1910 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.  
  
==== Search the Collection  ====
 
  
To search the collection,<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "State" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "County, Court" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date Range, Volume, Page numbers" which takes you to the images.  
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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/2064580/waypoints Browse Page]:'''<br>To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br> ⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "State" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "County or Federal Court" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Court" <br> ⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date, Volume/Page" which takes you to the images.  
  
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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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. 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.
  
==== Using the Information  ====
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==What Do I Do Next?==
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When you have located your ancestor’s petition for naturalization, 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?===
  
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 records to:  
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You can use naturalization records to:  
  
 
*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin  
 
*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin  
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*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.
  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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Keep in Mind:
  
 
*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.  
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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.
  
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor? ====
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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.
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/2064580 United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New England, Petitions for Naturalization (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Related Websites  ==
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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. <br>
  
[http://www.mass-doc.com/naturalization_research.htm New England Naturatization Records]
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'''Collection Citation''':<br> {{Collection citation | text= "United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA ARC Identifier 4752894, National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Region, Boston, Massachusetts.}}<br><br>
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
 
 
 
Citations for individual image records are available for this collection. Browse through images in this collection and click on the "Show Citation" box: [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https://familysearch.org/records/collection/2064580/waypoints New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1931]  
 
 
 
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. A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
 
 
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
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Collection years 1787-1906
National Archives Identifier 4752894
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What Is in the Collection?

This collection consists of naturalization records from Federal, state and local courts filed in the National Archives Northeast Region which includes: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NARA NAID Identifier 4752894 and is part of Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The collection covers the years 1787 to 1906. The collection is indexed in NAID 4752892 Index to Naturalizations in New England Courts, 1939-1942.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906.

Collection Content

Sample Images

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The information given for each petition includes the following:

  • Name of the petitioner
  • Residence
  • Country of birth
  • Place and date of arrival
  • Names of two witnesses
  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:

  • Name of court and date of hearing
  • Name of immigrant
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date of arrival and port of entry
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • 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 immigration and naturalization dates.
  • The ancestor’s residence.

If you do not know this information, check the 1900 or 1910 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.


View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate "State"
⇒Select the appropriate "County or Federal Court"
⇒Select the appropriate "Court"
⇒Select the appropriate "Record Type, Date, Volume/Page" which takes you to the images.

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. 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.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s petition for naturalization, 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?

You can 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.

Keep in Mind:

  • 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:

"United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing NARA ARC Identifier 4752894, National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Region, Boston, Massachusetts.

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 United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906.


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