Finding my mother's naturalization and passport information. Elsa Freund,Naturalization #454181, May 26,1947

I am trying to find a copy of my mother's passport and naturalization papers. Her name was Elsa Freund. the number for naturralization is 454181with a date of May 26,1947

  • Maureen.... some questions.  What is the number you are showing?  Where did you get it?  Is it on the certificate of naturalization?  That's not what will lead to the naturalization application.  If you have the certificate, there should be a number for a "petition" on it.  Is 454181 a petition number?  We don't have any information from your query as to where the naturalization occurred.  What is the court's name and location?  County and State?    Thanks

  • Maureen.... so.... I tracked down Elsa's Petition.  The number you have (454181) is her Declaration of Intention, the first step in the naturalization process.  It was done when she was in the U.S. at least 2 years.  Her Petition which shows that number, filed after at least 3 years after the declaration, can be seen at:  You need to register (free).  It is a two image document.  The Petition seems to have a date of January 8, 1945. and appears to have been granted on March 7, 1945.  Not sure where your date of May 26, 1947 comes from unless we are talking about two different people??

  • Maureen,

    Additional information.  I see the record I point to starts on: and contains the Declaration, Certificate of Arrival, and the Petition.

  • Joel thanks so much for responding. This search has been a challenge. My mother and grandmother did not talk about their experiences during the war. There was. Lot of loss.  I have found the forms that state petition for naturalization and declaration of citizenship, I believe. The petition is listed under Elsa Aussengergova Freund. and is dated May 26.1947 in New York,New York at the New York Southern District Court  the number 6707632 is also listen on the form  the period number is listed as 555425  

    I also found a declaration of intention with the number 521354 listed  this was filed at the state of New York southern district   
    I am trying to apply for dual citizenship and need   Ooy of her passport and other documents  I applied for some of this information through the US government. I was told the wait time to receive any information was 246 days  that’s a bit of time so I began searching myself  I am finding this search daunting and am hopeful to find some kind of help

    Kind regards , Maureen


    Thank you for posting your question on History Hub!

    The copies of the naturalization records that Mr. Weintraub located for you on FamilySearch are from the Petitions for Naturalization, 1824–1991 for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21). The Declaration, Certificate of Arrival, and the Petition available online constitute the entirety of the court record in NARA custody. To request certified copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at New York City (RRFN) at

    In most cases, the National Archives will not have a copy of the certificate of citizenship. Two copies of the certificate were created – one given to the petitioner as proof of citizenship, and one forwarded to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). All INS records are now overseen by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS maintains duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning on April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). C-Files and A-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program

    In regards to her passport, it is not clear if you are referencing the passport of her country of origin, or an American passport. If the US government has any record of her passport (or any other documentation) from her country of origin, it may be in her A-File.  A-Files were created for all immigrants starting in 1944. We searched the Alien Case Files in NARA custody without success, therefore her A-File should still be in USCIS custody.  If you do not have any success requesting her A-File under the USCIS Genealogy Program, you may file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to USCIS for more recent A-Files.

    If you are referencing a US passport, the State Department has custody of passport applications dated from March 1925 to the present.  For information on how to request an application, please visit their website. All requests for passport records issued after 1925 to the present should be mailed to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Law Enforcement Liaison, FOIA Officer, 44132 Mercure Circle, P.O. Box 1227, Sterling, VA 20166.  Please note that the State Department only has the application and any related documents.  The passport itself was, once issued, treated as the private property of the passport holder and was not collected by the federal government upon their death. 

    Finally, we suggest that you review the National Archives page on Dual Citizenship Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions.


    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RA)


  • Thanks so much for this information. It’s quite a challenge to search for all this   Maureen