Dear Mr. Panzarella,
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Beginning on September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. Since most immigrant women and their children were granted U.S. citizenship upon the husband’s naturalization until 1922, your grandfather’s records may follow in the name of his father. Please review the NARA publication “Any woman who is now or may hereafter be married . . .” for more information on derivative citizenship.
Since the U.S. Census notes citizenship status, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may indicate your grandfather’s citizenship status. The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. See NARA’s 1940 Census Records web page for more information. For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires. Please review the FamilySearch wiki for Naturalization Terms and Acronyms and NARA’s Naturalization Records website for an overview of the naturalization process.
You may wish to search Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
If your grandfather was listed as a citizen in a U.S. Census, the naturalization would have taken place in a Federal court. If the petition was filed in a Federal court in New York, the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) should have a copy of both his declaration and petition within their holdings, We suggest you contact RE-NY via email at email@example.com to request a copy of these 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 RDT1 and RE-NY. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
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).
Certificates of citizenship were issued by the Federal courts until October 1991 when INS took over responsibility for naturalization proceedings. 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 since September 27, 1906 and may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
It would be very helpful to know the names of his wife and children, so as to distinguish him from others with similar names. If you could provide that information, it would aid my research substantially. By the way, is this just for genealogical purposes, or are you pursuing possible dual citizenship? (It changes my methodology just slightly.) Best of luck in your research!
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If this is your family, James and his wife are shown as Naturalized in the 1930 Census. but I could not find the record. It has to be somewhere. Hopefully another researcher can help you with that. In his draft card for 1917/18 (that I forgot to copy) he is listed as a citizen of Italy.
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Salvatore and family-I think the name Girolamo for James is transcribed wrong, (they have Prolamo)
1930 census shows that James and his wife are naturalized
.Salvatore and Dominica Panzarella in 1940