1910 Census Records for Pierce County in Washington State


I'm trying to locate the 1910 census record for my paternal Great Grandmother, Maria (Mary) Boitano.  Maria was born in Italy and immigrated to the US, arriving in New York on September 3rd, 1908.  She arrived on the SS Prinzess Irene.  She was listed on manifest under the category of alien passengers.  She identified Tacoma, Washington as her destination.

Maria arrived in Pierce County prior to giving birth to her daughter on September 24th 1909.  I have been able to find a copy of the 1920 census which lists Maria as naturalized, however the year of naturalization is not listed.  I'm trying to determine her naturalization status as listed on the 1910 census.  I appreciate any help you can provide.


Greg Boitano   

  • It might help to know here date of birth.

    Have you already ruled out the following individual listed as a lodger in a neighboring county? Keep in mind that information given about lodgers isn't always the most accurate.

    Name:Mary Boitano
    Age in 1910:30
    Birth Date:1880[1880]
    Home in 1910:Seattle Ward 14, King, Washington, USA
    Street:Angelo Street
    Immigration Year:1892
    Relation to Head of House:Lodger
    Marital Status:Single
    Father's Birthplace:Italy
    Mother's Birthplace:Italy
    Native Tongue:English
    Industry:Fruit Company
    Employer, Employee or Other:Wage Earner
    Able to read:Yes
    Able to Write:Yes
    Out of Work:N
    Number of Weeks Out of Work:0
    Household Members (Name)AgeRelationship
    Angelo Boitano48Head
    Eda Boitano39Wife
    Doosie Boitano16Daughter
    James Maher49Brother-in-law
    Mary Boitano30Lodger
    Pietro Biglieri34Lodger
    Karl Capt26Lodger
  • Thank you for your response.

    I would rule out that Mary Boitano based on the fact that she was single and had no children.

    Here's some additional information for my great grandmother Mary Boitano.

    • Mary's maiden name was DeBenedetti.  She was born on June 9, 1875 in Favale, Italy.
    • She married Louie Boitano in Favale, Italy on August 12, 1875.
    • While still living in Italy, Mary gave birth to a daughter (Eugenia) and a son (Angelo)
    • Mary arrived in New York on September 3, 1908.  Her name is included on the list of Alien passengers, and she listed Tacoma as her destination. 
    • Mary arrived in Tacoma prior to giving birth to her Daughter Mary Theresa September 24, 1909.
    • Louie his son's (Angelo) passport application which he applied for while living in Pierce County, Louie lists his residence between 1909 and 1924 as being Tacoma, Washington. 
    • On the 2020 Census, Mary is listed as being naturalized, however the year of naturalization is not listed.  Her residence is listed as McNeil Island, but her street is listed as Fife Road.  I suspect the McNeil Island listing may be in error.   

    Thanks again for your for your help!

  • If she arrived in September1908, the earliest she could be naturalized by her own application would be September 1913.  One had to have been in the US at least 5 years prior to applying for naturalization.  If she were married to a US citizen, she would have been considered naturalized through marriage at that time period.

  • Susannah,

    Thanks for your response.

    Based on the additional information above, I wanted to check if you were able to find a listing in the 1910 census for my great grandmother Mary/Maria Boitano or great grandfather Louie Boitano?

    Thanks again,

    Greg Boitano

  • Dear Mr. Boitano,


    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


    While we were not able to locate a census entry regarding Maria or Louie Boitano consistent with your description, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Maria Boitano in Washington state. For information about the U.S. Census, see the Decennial Census of Population and Housing Technical Documentation as well as NARA’s page on Census Records.  You may also contact the National Archives in Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RR1R) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


    The web page Search Census Records Online and Other Resources provides information about accessing these records online. Please note there may be a fee for using such services as Ancestry or Fold3. Please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons. FamilySearch can be accessed with a free account.


    In addition, as Ms. Brooks stated above, Maria Boitano may have been considered naturalized through marriage and thus might not have naturalization records in her own name. The status of married immigrant women in the United States was usually determined by that of their husbands from the mid-19th century until the U.S. Congress passed the Married Women's Act of 1922. Please see the article Women and Naturalization, ca. 1802-1940 by Marian L. Smith on the National Archives and Records Administration website for details.


    In general, naturalization was a two-step process that took a minimum of five years. After residing in the United States for two years, an alien could file a "declaration of intention" ("first papers") to become a citizen. After three additional years, the alien could "petition for naturalization" (”second papers”). After the petition was granted, a certificate of citizenship was issued to the alien. These two steps did not have to take place in the same court.


    Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship, thereafter the function was transferred to the Federal courts. If a naturalization took place in one of the U.S. District Courts for the Federal judicial districts of Washington state then naturalization indexes, declarations of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petitions for naturalization will be in the custody of the National Archives at Seattle (RRFE) in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21). No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with RRFE, your email to seattle.archives@nara.gov should include: the name of petitioner (including known variants); date of birth; approximate date of entry to the US; approximate date of naturalization; where the individual was residing at the time of naturalization (city/county/state); and country of origin.


    You may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


    In addition, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) kept duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within its Certificate Files (C-Files). All INS records are now overseen by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). C-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


    We also suggest that, if you have not already done so, that you contact the Washington State Archives regarding their collections of county court and census records. You may wish to review as well NARA’s Resources for Genealogists and the History Hub Blog titled Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers. Also, the FamilySearch Research wiki for Washington, United States Genealogy may be useful.


    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!