1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 6, 2020 11:08 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking Naturalization records for Eastern Ohio


      Where might I find Naturalization records for people in eastern Ohio ~1820--1860?

        • Re: Seeking Naturalization records for Eastern Ohio
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. Collins,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship. Often petitioners went to the court most geographically convenient for them. As a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. However, a few indexes and records have been donated to the National Archives from counties, states, and local courts. We suggest that you contact the National Archives at Chicago (RM-CH) via email at chicago.archives@nara.gov to determine if records from Eastern Ohio lower courts are available.  We also suggest that you contact the Ohio Historical Society Archives & Library for information about their available naturalization records


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RM-CH.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

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