1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 29, 2021 12:19 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking Naturalization Records of my Italian Great Grand Father

    Daniel Herrera Convit Newbie

      Hello!! I need to find the date when my Great Grand Father became Naturalized in USA.


      I need this information to reconstruct my family Tree and request Italian Citizenship.


      NAME: SAVERIO SPADAVECCHIA (Also known as Sam Spadavecchia)



      DATE OF BIRTH: MARCH 24, 1889

      DATE OF DEATH: NOVEMBER 30, 1980 St. Raymond Cemetery BRONX.


      I Found a Registration Card under his name with SERIAL NUMBER: 1034 and ORDER NUMBER:  3026. He was 20 years old when he wrote that card and he declared himself has an  ALIEN.


      He used to live between New Jersey, Hoboken and New York.


      He got Married on January 3, 1925 with ANNA PEREZ under de License 123 in Manhattan. They had a Daughter wich was my grandmother named MADDALENA SPADAVECCHIA...He Got widowed 3 years later and then he married to Lolitta Cintron.


      That is all the information I have. PLEASE HELP ME to find it . Thanks



        • Re: Seeking Naturalization Records of my Italian Great Grand Father
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Mr. Convit,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and  Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Sam Spadavecchia in New York. The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov


          In general, naturalization was a two-step process* that took a minimum of five years. After residing in the United States for two years, an alien could file a "declaration of intention" ("first papers") to become a citizen. After three additional years, the alien could "petition for naturalization" (”second papers”). After the petition was granted, a certificate of citizenship was issued to the alien. These two steps did not have to take place in the same court. 


          If a naturalization took place in a Federal court in New York, naturalization indexes, declarations of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petitions for naturalization will usually be in the National Archives at New York (RE-NY). No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with RE-NY via email at newyork.archives@nara.gov, you should include the following: the name of petitioner (including known variants); date of birth; approximate date of entry to the US; approximate date of naturalization; where the individual was residing at the time of naturalization (city/county/state); and country of origin.


          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).


          Since 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 certain A-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


          We suggest that you contact the New York State Archives to request a search for a death certificate for Saviero Spadavecchia and his marriage certificates. You may wish to note any name variants for him or broaden your search for the surrounding years. In addition, the FamilySearch Research wiki for New York Vital Records may be of use.


          You also may wish to search the Antenati: Italian Digital State Archives and FamilySearch Italy Online Genealogy Records websites for additional information and/or resources about Saviero Spadavecchia’s ife in Italy before he emigrated to the United States.


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