5 Replies Latest reply on Oct 9, 2020 1:08 PM by Susannah Brooks

    Seeking grandfather's & great grandfather's naturalization papers

    David Braner Newbie

      I am seeking to find my Great Grandfather (first papers Nov.6, 1890, 2nd March 13, 1893) and Grandfathers (est. about same time as his father) naturalization papers.

        • Re: Seeking grandfather's & great grandfather's naturalization papers
          Susannah Brooks Ranger

          Prior to 1906 a person could be naturalized in any court (city, county, state, or federal) in the US.  You should start looking for records in the court that was geographically closest to where your ancestor lived at the time.  Some records are on-line, but others are still in the courthouse or in archives.

          • Re: Seeking grandfather's & great grandfather's naturalization papers
            Cara Jensen Navigator

            Dear Mr. Braner,


            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 facility serving the state in which the petitioner resided to determine if records from lower courts are available. If the records are not available, we suggest that you request a search for the naturalization records from the State Archives or County Historical Societies.


            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 various NARA units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            You may wish to review the National Archives Naturalization Records website for additional information.


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