Indonesia, Naturalization and Citizenship Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization & Citizenship
Language: Indonesia Language and Languages
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What is in the Collection?

This article describes records held by FamilySearch, International. For information on a specific record collection or record publication please refer to the FamilySearch Catalog or the FamilySearch Historical Record Collection.

Record Background

Indonesia is an island nation inhabited since 2000 BC. It was colonized by the Dutch in 1602 and gained its independence in 1949. As a country dependent on agriculture as well as trade with foreign nations, it is a country filled with several languages, religions, and peoples. The custom of naming children is one example of diversity: In general, the everyday Indonesian typically will have only one name, while those of the middle class more often have two names like in Western cultures. In other words, longer names may be an indicator of an individual’s social status.

Immigration to Indonesia also took place when huge populations from the Indian subcontinent visited the country and settled there. For working in Indonesia, the foreigners have to send their application to the immigration office. Beginning with the Dutch colonial period until the year 2000, the policy of forced migration (transmigrasi) to move people from heavily population areas to more sparsely populated ones to reduce poverty and overcrowding was actively practiced.

Naturalization and citizenship records were created by district courts (Pengadilan Negeri) and local civil registration offices in Indonesia. The Surat Bukti Kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia (SBKRI), or applications for citizenship, were primarily filled out by Chinese immigrants to Indonesia. The Surat Pernyataan Keterangan Melepaskan Kewarganegaraan Republik Rakyat Tionkok Untuk Tetap Menjadi Warganegara Republik Indonesia were exclusively used for Chinese nationals.

Collection Contents

During the naturalization process an individual was required to produce multiple documents to establish their identity. Because of this these records contain materials that may be duplicated in other collections.

The collections may include the following record types:

Kartu Tanda Penduduk Warga Negara 
Identity cards
Permohonan Ahli Waris 
Court decrees of inheritance
Permohonan Akte Kelahiran 
Applications for birth certificate
Permohonan Akte Perkawinan 
Applications for marriage certificate
Permohonan Anak Angkat 
Applications for adoption of a child
Permohonan Ganti Nama 
Applications for name changes
Permohonan Pewarganegaraan 
Applications for naturalization
Permohonan Surat bukti kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia (SBKRI) 
Proof of Indonesian Citizenship
Surat Pernyataan Keterangan Melepaskan Kewarganegaraan Republik Rakyat Tionkok Untuk Tetap Menjadi Warganegara Republik Indonesia 
Renunciation of Chinese citizenship and acceptance of Indonesian citizenship

Court Decrees of Inheritance

Court decrees of inheritance (Permohonan Ahli Waris) may contain the following:

  • Person's name
  • Parent's name
  • Residence
  • Occupation

Applications for Naturalization

Applications for naturalization records (Pewarganegaraan) may contain the following:

  • Person's name
  • Gender
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Names of parents
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Occupation

Identity Cards

Identity cards (kartu tanda penduduk) usually contain the following:

  • Original full name
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Name of spouse
  • Marriage date and place
  • Names of children, birth dates and birthplaces
  • Name of person declaring the Information
  • Names of witnesses

Name Change Applications

Name Change Applications (Ganti nama) usually contain the following:

  • Original full name
  • Desired new name
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Residence
  • Occupation

Proof of Indonesian Citizenship

Proof of Indonesian citizenship (Surat bukti kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia) usually contains the following:

  • Person's name
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Residence

These records were not required for Chinese Indonesians after 20 January 1962.

Renunciation of Chinese Citizenship

Renunciation of Chinese Citizenship (Melepaskan kewarganegaraan Republik Rakjat Tiongkok) usually contains the following:

  • Person's name
  • Names of spouse and minor children
  • Birth place
  • Residence

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search in the naturalization records, it would be helpful if you knew the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Approximate year and place of event
  • Place of last residence

What Do I Do Next?

When you have found the record that you are looking for, the following will help you in your search:

  • Use the age on the record to calculate a birth year
  • Use the names of the parents on birth records to search for a marriage record

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