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|title=New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980
<p>The collection consists of images of naturalization records from county courthouses in New York. The records may include declarations of intent, petitions, indexes, and final papers. The content and time period varies by county.  
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== Record Description  ==
<p><img src="/learn/wiki/en/images/0/04/New_York%2C_County_Naturalization_Records%2C_1792-1976_-_DB_%2812-0014%29_DGS_5370548_851.jpg" _fck_mw_filename="New York, County Naturalization Records, 1792-1976 - DB (12-0014) DGS 5370548 851.jpg" _fck_mw_location="right" _fck_mw_type="thumb" alt="" class="fck_mw_frame fck_mw_right" />
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</p><p>The information found in Naturalization Records vaires by county and individual record. You may find any of the following:
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The collection consists of images of naturalization records from county courthouses in New York for the years 1791 to 1980. The records may include declarations of intent, petitions, indexes, and final papers. The content and time period varies by county.  
</p>
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<ul><li>Full Name of Petitioner
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1999177/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
</li><li>Name of court
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</li><li>Date of Emigration
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
</li><li>Place of residence
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</li><li>Occupation
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.  
</li><li>Date and Place of Birth
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</li><li>Date of Declaration
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{{Collection citation | text= "New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
</li><li>Date of Marriage
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</li><li>Spouses Full name (Sometimes Maiden Name)
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[[New York, County Naturalization Records (Family Search Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
</li><li>Spouses Birth date and place
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</li><li>Names and Birth places of children
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== Record Content  ==
</li><li>Name of Judge
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</li><li>Name of Witnesses
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Image:New York, County Naturalization Records, 1792-1976 - DB (12-0014) DGS 5370548 851.jpg|County Naturalization Record
<h2> How to Use the Record  </h2>
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</gallery>  
<p>To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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</p>
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The information found in Naturalization Records vaires by county and individual record. You may find any of the following:
<ul><li>The full name of your ancestor
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</li><li>The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
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*Full name of petitioner
</li><li>The ancestor’s residence
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*Date and place of declaration
</li></ul>
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*Age, occupation and residence of petitioner
<p>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. If your ancestor naturalized befor 1900, check the census records to see when he or she first appeared in the census. This will give you a 10 year window in which they may have immigrated.  
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*Date and place of emigration
</p>
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*Date of arrival and port of entry
<h4> Search the Collection  </h4>
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*Physical description
<p>To search the collection you will need follow this series of links:<br>⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>⇒Select the "[]" link<br>⇒Select the appropriate [] link<br>⇒Select the "[]" link which takes you to the images
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*Date and Place of Birth
</p><p>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.  
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*Date of marriage
</p>
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*Maiden name of spouse
<h4> Using the Information  </h4>
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*Spouse's date and place of birth
<p>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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*Names of children and their birth place
</p>
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*Names of witnesses
<ul><li>Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
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*Name of judge
</li><li>Confirm their date of arrival
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</li><li>Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
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== How to Use the Record  ==
</li><li>Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
+
 
</li></ul>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
<h4> Tips to Keep in Mind  </h4>
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<ul><li>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 and then in state, county, or city courts.  
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*The full name of your ancestor
</li><li>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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*The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
</li><li>If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.  
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*The ancestor’s residence
</li><li>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.  
+
 
</li><li>The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations.
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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. If your ancestor naturalized before 1900, check the census records to see when he or she first appeared in the census. This will give you a 10 year window in which they may have immigrated.  
</li><li>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.
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</li></ul>
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==== Search the Collection  ====
<h4> Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  </h4>
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<ul><li>Check for variant spellings of the names.  
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To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
</li><li>Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
+
 
</li><li>Search the records of nearby counties.
+
If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image. <br> ⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br> ⇒Select the "County" category<br> ⇒Select the "Record Type, Year Range,Volume Number/Letter" category which takes you to the images
</li></ul>
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<h4> General Information About Naturalization Records  </h4>
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Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.  
<p>Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. 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.  
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</p><p>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.  
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Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination. Keep in mind:
</p><p>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).  
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</p><p>Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters.  
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*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
</p><p>The information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.  
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*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
</p>
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*Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.  
<h2> Related Websites </h2>
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*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.  
<p><a href="New York Naturalization and Citizenship">New York Naturalization and Citizenship</a>
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*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
</p>
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<h2> Related Wiki Articles  </h2>
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For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].  
<p><a href="http://www.naturalizationrecords.com/usa/newyork.shtml">New York Naturalization Records&#160;</a>
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==== Using the Information  ====
<h2> Contributions to This Article </h2>
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<p><span class="fck_mw_template">{{Contributor_invite}}</span>
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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:
</p>
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<h2> Citing Family Search Historical Collections  </h2>
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*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
<p>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.
+
*Confirm their date of arrival
</p><p>A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections">Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections</a>.
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*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
</p>
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*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.
<h4> Example of a Source Citation for a Record Found in This Collection </h4>
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<p>The following are examples of records found in different collections. Please help us by replacing these examples with a citation for a record you have found in this collection.  
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
</p>
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<ul><li>“Delaware Marriage Records,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (<a href="https://www.familysearch.org">[n]</a>: 4 March 2011), William Anderson and Elizabeth Baynard Henry, 1890; from Delaware, State Marriage Records 23 November 1913, no. 859, Delaware Bureau of Archives and Records Management, Dover; FHL microfilm 2,025,063.
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*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 and then in state, county, or city courts.
</li><li>“El Salvador Civil Registration,” database and digital images, FamilySearch (<a href="https://www.familysearch.org">[n]</a>: 21 March 2011), Jose Maria Antonio del Carmen, 1880; from La Libertad, San Juan Opico, Nacimientos 1879-1893, image 50; Ministerio Archivo Civil de la Alcaldia Municipal, San Salvador.
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*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.  
</li></ul>
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*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
<p>When the citation has been replaced with a citation specific to the collection being described, the heading should be changed to “Example of a Citation for a Record Found in This Collection”.  
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*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.  
</p>
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*The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations.  
<h2> Citation for This Collection  </h2>
+
*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.
<p>The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
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</p><p><!--bibdescbegin-->"New York, County Naturalization Records, 1792-1976." <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://www.familysearch.org). Various county courts throughout New York. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.<!--bibdescend-->
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
</p><p>Information about creating source citations for FamilySearch Historical Collections is listed in the wiki article <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections">Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections</a>.
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</p>
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*Check for variant spellings of the names.
 +
*Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.  
 +
*Search the records of nearby counties.
 +
 
 +
==== General Information About Naturalization Records  ====
 +
 
 +
Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. 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.  
 +
 
 +
The information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.  
 +
 
 +
== Known Issues with This Collection ==
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[New York, County Naturalization Records (Family Search 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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== Related Websites ==
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[http://www.naturalizationrecords.com/usa/newyork.shtml New York Naturalization and Citizenship]
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== Related Wiki Articles  ==
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*[[New York|New York]]<br>
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*[[New York Naturalization and Citizenship]]
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*[[Tracing Immigrants Arrival Naturalization and Citizenship|Tracing Immigrants Arrival Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>
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*[[United States Naturalization and Citizenship|United States Naturalization and Citizenship]]<br>
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
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{{Contributor_invite}}
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== Citing Family Search Historical Collections ==
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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/1999177/waypoints New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980]
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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.  
 +
 
 +
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].  
 +
 
 +
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

The collection consists of images of naturalization records from county courthouses in New York for the years 1791 to 1980. The records may include declarations of intent, petitions, indexes, and final papers. The content and time period varies by county.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

The information found in Naturalization Records vaires by county and individual record. You may find any of the following:

  • Full name of petitioner
  • Date and place of declaration
  • Age, occupation and residence of petitioner
  • Date and place of emigration
  • Date of arrival and port of entry
  • Physical description
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Date of marriage
  • Maiden name of spouse
  • Spouse's date and place of birth
  • Names of children and their birth place
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name of judge

How to Use the Record

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 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 your ancestor naturalized before 1900, check the census records to see when he or she first appeared in the census. This will give you a 10 year window in which they may have immigrated.

Search the Collection

To search the collection by name fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.

If you did not find the person you were looking for, you may need to search the collection image by image.
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "County" category
⇒Select the "Record Type, Year Range,Volume Number/Letter" category which takes you to the images

Look at the images one by one. Again you will need to compare the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor.

Be aware that with either search you may need to compare the information about more than one person 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.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at FamilySearch Search Tips.

Using the Information

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, 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.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby counties.

General Information About Naturalization Records

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. 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.

The information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to 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.

Related Websites

New York Naturalization and Citizenship

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing Family Search 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: New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980

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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections