North Dakota Naturalization and Citizenship

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Naturalization records have been filed in the county and district courts of the state. Two helpful online indexes may help you quickly locate naturalization records for your ancestors. The first, the National Archives naturalization index for North Dakota lists Federal naturalization records. The second, the North Dakota Naturalization Records Index, lists naturalizations recorded in the state courts. You can write to the clerk of the court and request a search of indexes to certificates of arrival, declarations, petitions, and final naturalization papers. Due to population changes, the jurisdictions of the courts have varied from time to time.

The Family History Library has acquired district court records for each county in North Dakota. These records often go up to the 1940s and 1950s. On the state level, circuit court records have also been acquired. Search the FamilySearch Catalog for specific film numbers.

If you do not find the naturalization record you are seeking in the catalog, you may contact the National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) or the local office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS), for records after September 1906.

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The National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) 

The National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City) has a few of the U.S. District Court records from 1892 to 1906,  

Web: North Dakota, Naturalization Index, 1874-1963;

North Dakota Naturalization Records index database is complete for all North Dakota Counties and contains over 212,000 names entries. It includes information reguarding Name; country of emigtation; dates of "first papers"(declaraion of intent)and "second papers" (naturalization);and the county district court where the proceedingds occurred.