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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located this film titled International Air Show from the Records of the U.S. Air Force (Record Group 342) that may include information on or images of Dufaux airplanes. The Shot List at the bottom of the page includes the description “...in bg left SV of the first Swiss Dufaux which flew in 1910 spectators looking at aircraft.” For more information about this film, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Motion Picture (RDSM) via email at email@example.com.
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If you have not done so already, you may wish to contact the Archives of the National Air and Space Museum for further assistance.
Since the brothers were Swiss, we suggest that you contact the Swiss Federal Archives, Archivstrasse 24, 3003 Bern, Switzerland.
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There are many webpages about the brothers on the internet.
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Thank you very much, but as I am French, I did not explain well what I am looking for. We are a team of an author-historian and me, graphic designer and iconographer, working from France and Switzerland on the Dufaux family, since one year. So we already have a lot of archives, but what I am looking for are the traces of the Dufaux brothers' passage in America (documents, press, films, photos...). Their older sister, Amélie Dufaux, born in 1878, married a naturalized American Frenchman, Marcel E. Krieger, born in 1881 in Avranches (France), who had joined at the age of 18 (1899) his brother Georges Krieger, settled in West Bethlehem borough Ward 2-3, Lehigh, Pennsylvania. They lived in the United States for a while, then came back to Switzerland (where he worked for the Red Cross), then again to the USA where the two brothers visited them, etc. (documents found on the site MyHeritage.com). In short, I am looking for information on the professional and/or artistic activities of these people on American soil: Amélie Dufaux-Krieger; Marcel E. Krieger; Armand Dufaux; and Henri Dufaux. Thank you in advance for the possible leads to follow.
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The Statue of Liberty—Ellis Island Foundation, Inc has an online searchable database of 22.5 million arrivals to New York between 1892 - 1924 that may include the person(s) you seek. For example, it indicates that an Armand Dufaux and a Henri Dufaux arrived at Ellis Island New York aboard the vessel Chicago in 1912.
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 6/16/1897 - 7/3/1957 (T715) in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that may include the lists of the Chicago for arrivals in 1912. For information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of these and related records are now available in digital form and may be viewed online via such services as Ancestry or FamilySearch. There may be a fee for using such services. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons. Also, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on FamilySearch.
For the naturalization records regarding Marcel E. Krieger please note that 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. Since he lived in Pennsylvania, please contact the National Archives at Philadelphia (RE-PA) at email@example.com, to determine if records from lower courts are available. In certain cases county court naturalization records maintained by the National Archives are available as microfilm publications. Records from state and local courts may be at the Pennsylvania State Archives as well.
Beginning September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. 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 Pennsylvania, naturalization indexes, declarations of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petitions for naturalization will usually be in RE-PA. No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with RE-PA, please include: 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.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) maintains duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within its 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.
In addition, we located Consular Registration Applications, 1916 - 1925 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that includes the name of Marcel E. Krieger in the file unit titled Application numbers 31300-31699. These records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. Plus, we located 18 series in Record Group 59 that consist of various types of passport applications from 1906 to March 1925 which may include the Krieger or the Dufaux family and Visa Case Files, 1914 - 1940 in Record Group 59 that may include case files regarding Armand and Henri Dufaux. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next, we located the Patent Case Files, 1/1/1836 - 12/31/1978 in the Record Group 241: Records of the Patent and Trademark Office (Record Group 241) that may include a case file for Henri and Armand Dufaux if they filed for a patent in the U.S. For more information about these partially digitized records, please contact the National Archives at Kansas City (RM-KC) at email@example.com.
Further, we located the Trademark Official Gazettes, Trademark Principal Registers, and Indexes, 8/17/2004 - 12/19/2006 in the Records of the Patent and Trademark Office (Record Group 241) that includes the file unit 2006 Gazettes, Registers, and Indexes, 2006 - 2006 in which the name Armand Dufaux is mentioned in the Trademark Principal Register, October 31, 2006, This register has been digitized and is available using the Catalog.
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 initial acknowledgements as well as substantive responses to your reference requests from RDT1, RE-PA, RDT2, and RM-KC. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Lastly, we suggest that you contact the Pennsylvania State Archives to request a search for birth, marriage or death certificates. Please note any name variants or broaden your search for the surrounding years. The FamilySearch Research wiki for Pennsylvania Vital Records may be helpful.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Henri & Armand Dufaux arrived in the US (NYC) on 12 Aug 1912 on the SS Chicago. New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9TC-XS7X-F?cc=1368704&wc=4X1L-Q63%3A1600512353 [2 pages, they are #23 & 24]. Familysearch.org is a free research site, but you will need to sign up for a free username & password.
Marcel Kreiger's 1912 US passport United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9DX-ZGTN?cc=2185145&wc=3XCB-JWR%3A1056306501%2C1056463101[2 pages]
You will find Amelie Kreiger's 1919 US passport at United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89X3-MQX6?cc=2185145&wc=3XZ7-DPX%3A1056306501%2C1056562201[2 pages]
Marcel had several other passport applications starting in 1906, as well as passenger arrivals in the US. This search should list links to the images Marcel Krieger Search Results (familysearch.org)
I found one newspaper article regarding Marcel and motorcycle testing Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, May 12, 1912, Page 6, Image 22 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress (loc.gov) [this is a free newspaper research site].