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== Record Description  ==
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== What is in This Collection? ==
  
This Collection will include records from 1906 to 1931.<br>
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The collection consists of approximately 13,800 naturalization petitions filed in the U.S. District Court for the district of Maryland. It also includes certificates of arrival, oaths of allegiance, and declarations of intention to naturalize. The collection corresponds to NARA publication M1640: Naturalization Petitions of the US District Court for the District of Maryland, 1906-1931. Index provided by Fold3.com.
  
The card index is for naturalization records in the circuit and district courts of Maryland. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname.  
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The card index is arranged alphabetically by surname. It is very accurate and the information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.
  
The actual naturalization volumes vary in size and format. Prior to 1906, each document was usually handwritten on one page. From the late 1800s and on, printed forms were used. After 1906, many entries were typewritten.  
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The naturalization volumes vary in size and format. Prior to 1906, each document was usually handwritten on one page. From the late 1800s and on, printed forms were used. After 1906, many entries were typewritten. While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information. The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.  
  
While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information.  
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Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen. No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  
  
The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.  
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Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters. Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. New York’s counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.
  
Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen.
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===To Browse This Collection===
 
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{{Tip|This collection contains searchable content in the NARA Catalog. They can be accessed by clicking on the National Archives identifier in the Record Description. Once inside the Catalog, click on the "Search Within This Series".}}
No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
 
 
 
Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters.
 
 
 
Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. New York’s counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.
 
 
 
The index is very accurate and the information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.  
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
 
Cards contain only the following information:  
 
Cards contain only the following information:  
  
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*Volume and page number of the petition
 
*Volume and page number of the petition
  
Cards may include the following additional information:  
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'''Cards''' may include the following additional information:  
  
 
*Declaration number  
 
*Declaration number  
Line 42: Line 87:
 
*Date of issuance
 
*Date of issuance
  
A Declaration of Intent and Naturalization includes the following:  
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A Declaration of Intent and '''Naturalization''' includes the following:  
  
 
*Date of Declaration of Intent  
 
*Date of Declaration of Intent  
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*Name and signature of court official
 
*Name and signature of court official
  
Petitions for Naturalization may include the following:  
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Petitions for '''Naturalization''' may include the following:  
  
 
*Name of petitioner  
 
*Name of petitioner  
Line 70: Line 115:
 
*Names of witnesses
 
*Names of witnesses
  
== How to Use the Record  ==
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== How Do I Search This Collection? ==
 
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You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
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*The name of your ancestor
 
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*The approximate date and place of naturalization
*The full name of your ancestor  
 
*The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
 
*The ancestor’s residence
 
  
 
If you do not know this information, check the 1900 census and then calculate the possible year of naturalization based on the date of immigration. The 1920 census may tell you the exact year of immigration or naturalization.  
 
If you do not know this information, check the 1900 census and then calculate the possible year of naturalization based on the date of immigration. The 1920 census may tell you the exact year of immigration or naturalization.  
  
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To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
 
  
*There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
*You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.  
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
*Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
 
*If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
 
*Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.
 
  
For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line video at [http://broadcast.lds.org/familysearch/2011-12-03-familysearch-search-tips-1000k-eng.mp4 FamilySearch Search Tips].
 
  
==== Using the Information  ====
 
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example, you can use naturalization records to:
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{{Tip | More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1854313 Maryland, naturalization petitions, 1906-1931]. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
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==What Do I Do Next?==
*Confirm their date of arrival
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, and ship’s manifests.
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*Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.
 
*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names  
 
*Learn foreign and “Americanized” names  
*Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
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*Learn the place of origin and find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. Also search for military, land and probate records.
 
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*Use the information to find additional family members in censuses.  
==== Tips to Keep in Mind  ====
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
 
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*[[Maryland Church Records| Church Records]] often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.
*Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts.
 
*An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.  
 
*If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct.
 
*Continue to search the naturalization records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have naturalized in the same area or nearby.  
 
*The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations.
 
*You may want to obtain the naturalization records of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors.
 
 
 
==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
 
 
 
*Check for variant spellings. Realize that the indexes may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings and misinterpretations.
 
*Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the naturalization records year by year.
 
*Search the indexes of nearby counties.
 
 
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
 
 
[http://guide.mdsa.net/viewer.cfm?page=naturalization Maryland State Archives]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Maryland Maryland]
 
*[[Maryland Naturalization and Citizenship|Maryland Naturalization and Citizenship]]
 
  
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search. 
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*Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well.  
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*Search the indexes and records of [[Maryland, United States Genealogy]].
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*Search in the [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=348&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Maryland%22%20%2Bkeywords%3Anaturalization FamilySearch Library Catalog]
  
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization Petitions
Record Group RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1906-1931
Microfilm Publication M1640. Naturalization Petitions of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland,1906-1930. 43 rolls.
Arrangement Numerical by petition number
National Archives Identifier 654310
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of approximately 13,800 naturalization petitions filed in the U.S. District Court for the district of Maryland. It also includes certificates of arrival, oaths of allegiance, and declarations of intention to naturalize. The collection corresponds to NARA publication M1640: Naturalization Petitions of the US District Court for the District of Maryland, 1906-1931. Index provided by Fold3.com.

The card index is arranged alphabetically by surname. It is very accurate and the information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.

The naturalization volumes vary in size and format. Prior to 1906, each document was usually handwritten on one page. From the late 1800s and on, printed forms were used. After 1906, many entries were typewritten. While there were various types of naturalization records, the Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petition usually had the most complete genealogical information. The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.

Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen. No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters. Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. New York’s counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship. The courts handling naturalizations changed several times so the card index was created as a way to quickly access specific records.

To Browse This Collection

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Cards contain only the following information:

  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition

Cards may include the following additional information:

  • Declaration number
  • Date of declaration
  • Volume and page number of the declaration
  • Certification number
  • Date of issuance

A Declaration of Intent and Naturalization includes the following:

  • Date of Declaration of Intent
  • Full name and age of declarant
  • Date and place of birth
  • Current residence
  • Date of arrival and port of entry, including name of ship
  • Occupation and race
  • Physical description
  • Last foreign residence
  • Marital status
  • Spouse's name with date and place of birth
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name and signature of court official

Petitions for Naturalization may include the following:

  • Name of petitioner
  • Current residence and occupation
  • Birth date and place of petitioner
  • Date and place of emigration
  • Date and port of entry in U. S. including name of ship
  • Marital status
  • Wife's maiden name
  • Number of children
  • Birth date and place of spouse
  • Names of witnesses

How Do I Search This Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. To begin your search, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date and place of naturalization

If you do not know this information, check the 1900 census and then calculate the possible year of naturalization based on the date of immigration. The 1920 census may tell you the exact year of immigration or naturalization.

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.

  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.


What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as emigrations, port records, and ship’s manifests.
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process.
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Learn the place of origin and find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records. Also search for military, land and probate records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members in censuses.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record. Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Try variant spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Maryland, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the FamilySearch Library Catalog

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Maryland Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1931." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Naturalization Petitions of the US District Court for the District of Maryland, 1906-1930." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M1640. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
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