New Jersey County Naturalization Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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New Jersey, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization Records
Collection years 1749-1986
Archive


What is in the Collection?

Digital images of naturalization records from county courthouses in New Jersey. The record content and year ranges vary by county.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986.

Collection Contents

Naturalization petitions usually include the following information:

  • Name of applicant/petitioner
  • Country of birth
  • Age and occupation
  • Arrival date and port of entry
  • Current residence
  • Names and residences of two witnesses
  • Date of application/petition
  • Name of judge

Declarations of intent may include the following:

  • Name of immigrant
  • Country of birth
  • Arrival date and port of entry
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses and their residence
  • Name of judge or court official
  • Birth date and place
  • Age, race and occupation
  • 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 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 or 1910 census, 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.

To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse through images"
⇒Select the “County”
⇒Select the “Record Type, Year Range and Volume" which will take you to the images.

Many of these volumes have indexes at the beginning or end. You should search these first.

  • Check the index for the family name (surname) and then the given name. Indexes enable you to access records quickly by searching for the names of the primary individuals. Realize that some entries in earlier years may have been missed. Indexes may also contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.
  • Make a list of the volumes and page numbers for each deed you wish to check.
  • For each deed, search the noted volume and page number.

If you do not find your ancestor in the index, 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 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:

  • 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

Tips to 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 immigrant 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, Now What?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Check for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.

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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.

Collection Citation:

"New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing County Courthouses, state-wide, New Jersey.

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 New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986.