FamilySearch Indexing: US, West Virginia Naturalization Records, 1814-1991

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Welcome[edit | edit source]


Would you like to search these records? They aren’t available to be searched yet, but they are being indexed by volunteers around the world right now. If you would like to help index them and make them available faster, keep reading.

The completed index and links to digital images will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published.

This project is being indexed in partnership with the West Virginia State Archives.

Thank you!

FamilySearch indexing[edit | edit source]

  • How to help with this specific project
  1. If you have not already done so, you must register for a FamilySearch account at
  2. Download the free indexing program. To do so, click here, and then click the Download Now button.
  3. Sign in to the indexing application, click the Download From... button, and then select this project name from the list.

Characteristics of This Project[edit | edit source]

  • All records are naturalization records.
  • Each batch includes up to 15 images.
  • Images may include just one or several records.
  • Description of the Records
  • Most of the records were handwritten or typed on preprinted forms.
  • Images may include different, individual naturalization documents that relate to the same person. These documents may be filed on separate, successive images. When multiple images include information about the same individual, index each image as a separate record. Except when an image has a Declaration of Intention and Petition for Naturalization for the same individual, index these two records as one.
  • Overlays, which normally are small handwritten notes, are attached to some records.

Information about these records[edit | edit source]

Most West Virginia courts or counties recorded naturalization proceedings in the minutes and dockets of the courts rather than keeping separate registers. Prior to 1906, any court of record could naturalize immigrants. From 1906 to 1929 the federal government regulated naturalization but allowed most state or county courts to continue naturalizing immigrants. After 1929 only federal courts handled naturalizations.

For more helpful historical information about this project, visit the Historical Records Page.[edit | edit source]

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