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Illinois petitions for naturalization, 1907-1945 ; index, 1906-1927

Books/Monographs/Book on Film
English
Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1985
on 586 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

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Microreproduction of original records housed in the Chicago Branch of the National Archives, Chicago, Illinois.

Both District and Circuit Courts kept records concurrently until 1911 when the U.S. Circuit Court was abolished. Patrons should check both courts when searching for citizenship records during those years.

Indexes are not in exact alphabetical order.

Illinois was divided into two judicial districts in 1855. The Northern District which comprised the northern quarter of the state sat at Chicago. The Southern District, which served the remainder of the state, sat at Springfield. Later, in 1887, the Northern District was separated into two divisions. Chicago was designated the seat of court for the Northern Division and Peoria that of the Southern Division. In 1937 a third district, the Eastern, was established and encompassed much of the southern third of the state as well as the eastern counties. Peoria was shifted to the Southern District. The Northern District was realigned and its divisions were changed to Eastern and Western, the principal courts being Chicago and Freeport respectively.

The library has another index compiled by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service which is a Soundex/Index that also corresponds to these records. This index primarily contains names of persons living in the Chicago, Cook County area who applied for citizenship. See entry in the Author/Title catalog: "United States. District Court (Illinois : Northern District). Soundex index to naturalization petitions for the U.S. District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950".

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