1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 7, 2020 1:26 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking Agostino Mercurio - Naturalization Certificate with Photo


      Hi! I am seeking my GGF s (Agostino Mercurio, born in Termini Imerese, Palermo, Sicily, Italy on Oct 7, 1888) Official Naturalization Certificate from September 21, 1920. I have located my his Declaration of Intent, Petition for Naturalization, Oath of Allegiance AND  Index to National Petitions (Card), which lists C-File No 1388877.


      I originally thought maybe he didn't get one of those fancy certificates you see on TV and in the movies and that I had found the real thing! I'm thinking now, NOT TRUE. Sooooo, I am in search of a copy of his official Naturalization Certificate with photo. Can someone help? Point me in the right direction? I previously read Becca s extremely helpful response to a similar question on History Hub -- She stated, at the time of naturalization (when one became an official citizen), (2) original certificates were issued; one went to the new citizen as proof of citizenship and the other was filed with NIS/USCIS. This helped me to understand I was missing the official citizenship document. Once I locate this (a copy I imagine) is there a way to also get a newly printed copy of the original from somewhere (UNCIS maybe?)  I ask because I would like to frame it.If someone could explain how to do all this, and who to get these documents from I'd be so grateful! Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you again! 

        • Re: Seeking Agostino Mercurio - Naturalization Certificate with Photo
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Ms. Cerrone,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          As you read in a previous post, the National Archives will not have a copy of the certificate of citizenship. However, a copy of the Certificate of Naturalization may be filed in a Certificate File (C-File) maintained by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program.  Some C-Files still exist in original paper format at USCIS, but there are many that were microfilmed and the originals were not kept.  Due to this, it is difficult to say what the quality of image that USCIS can provide will be - some of the microfilm images are unfortunately low quality. 


          Since you already have Agostino Mercurio’s C-File number, we suggest that you place a request through the USCIS Genealogy ProgramUSCIS will not be able to issue a “newly printed” replacement of the original certificate, but only copies of the original documents.


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


          [Information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]