Oregon Naturalization and Citizenship

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History[edit | edit source]

In the territorial era, immigrants could apply for citizenship at any U.S. district court. Naturalization records filed as part of the “donation land” laws are at the National Archives.

After statehood in 1859, the circuit court had primary jurisdiction over naturalization. The county clerk served as clerk of the circuit court and kept the records. You can obtain copies of declarations and petitions from the clerk's office in each county. Some naturalization records may also be found in county court journals or U.S. district court records. The Family History Library has copies of some naturalization records for Oregon.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

  • National Archives and Records Service, Indexes to naturalization records of the U.S. Circuit and District Courts, for the District of Oregon 1859-1956 : National Archives microfilm publications pamphlet describing M1242 (Washington D.C. : NARA, 1985) FHL book 973 J53m no. 1242
  • United States Circuit and District Courts, Indexes to Naturalization Records in the U.S. Circuit and District Courts (Washington, D.C. : National Archives, Central Plains Region, [198-?] FHL film 1433979–1433981

Records[edit | edit source]

  • United States District and Circuit Courts, Declarations of intention, 1859-1941; petitions for naturalization, 1906-1941; indexes, 1863-1956; military petitions for naturalization, 1917-1918 FHL Film 1492135 items 2 - 3 (first film)
  • The Family History Library has copies of naturalization records which are located at the county level. Search the FamilySearch Catalog for naturalization records under the county and state:

References[edit | edit source]

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

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