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The information given for each petition includes the following:  
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Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:  
Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:  
*Name of the immigrant  
*Name of court and date of hearing
*Country of birth  
*Name of immigrant  
*Arrival date
*Date and place of birth
*Date of arrival and port of entry
*Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization  
*Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization  
*Names of witnesses  
*Names of witnesses  
*Signature of judge or court official  
*Signature of judge or court official  
*Birth date
*Last foreign residence  
*Last foreign residence  
*Current residence  
*Current residence  
*Arrival place
*Marital status  
*Marital status  
*Name of spouse  
*Name of spouse  

Revision as of 21:22, 6 February 2013

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906 .

Record Description

This collection consists of naturalization documents filed in the National Archives Northeast Region which includes: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, NARA ARC Identifier 4752894. This collection is being published as images become available.

For a list of records by localities, document type and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

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NARA Northeast Region. New England, Petitions for Naturalization. National Archives and Records Administration Northeast Region, Boston, Massachusetts.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

New England, Petitions for Naturalization DGS 7048055 548.jpg

The information given for each petition includes the following:

  • Name of the petitioner
  • Residence
  • Country of birth
  • Place and date of arrival
  • Names of two witnesses
  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:

  • Name of court and date of hearing
  • Name of immigrant
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date of arrival and port of entry
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • 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 or 1910 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 Collection

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the State
⇒ Select the Record Type, Date Range, Volume which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

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:

  • Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
  • Confirm their date of arrival
  • Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
  • Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • 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.

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