3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 31, 2021 8:56 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking naturalization record of Francesco (Frank) DeSimone

    Laura Arndt Newbie

      Hello.  I am trying to find the document and date for my great grandfathers immigration and also naturalization to the U.S.  His name was Francesco (Frank) DeSimone and the date I have on file is 7.12.1920. Supreme Court of State of N.Y., petition volume 420, # 104129, art no. 1426946.

        • Re: Seeking naturalization record of Francesco (Frank) DeSimone
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          There are quite a few Frank or Francesco DeSimone's were were naturalized in NYC during the late 19teens and early 1920s.  The naturalization that you referenced is available at New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9M8-2G3C?cc=1999177&wc=MDSY-Y38%3A326209701%2C329895101  

          It is several pages.  Familysearch.org is a free research site, but you will need to sign up for a username and password.

          Francesco arrived at the port of NY on 22 Jun 1904 with his widowed mother and sister on the Prinz Adalbert.  He is #19 on the list.

          Ancestry.com - New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957

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          • Re: Seeking naturalization record of Francesco (Frank) DeSimone
            Lisha Penn Pioneer

            Dear Ms. Arndt,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the 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 SS Regina Italia for Francesco DeSimone’s arrival on March 22, 1908. We also located the Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891 - 1943 (T843) in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that may include the lists SS Romanic for March 14, 1911 and its arrival in Boston, Massachusetts. Some of these records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog. For information about the non-digitized records, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) 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 Francesco DeSimone’s 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 custody of 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 marriage and death certificates for Francesco DeSimone. You may wish to note any name variants for them 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 his life in Italy before he emigrated to the United States.


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