According to Guerino Colli on his WWI draft card, he was naturalized through his father's naturalization.
I could only find the index reference for Angelo Colli's naturalization in 1892. It is very light - he is second from the bottom.
That doesnt look to be his fathers name; Angelo Colli. That looks to be written as Angelo Calley. His father didn't immigrate to the US, but I can't find records of when Guerino or Greeno did immigrate from Sales, Italy.
Names were given orally for records and were often spelled phonetically, so I believe this is the right person, unless there were 2 Guerino Collis born in 1881 that lived in Windsor Locks. Guerino Colli arrived on 1 Nov 1883 at the port of NY with his parents on the SS France:
This shows the family in Windsor Locks CT in the 1900 US census:
His WWI draft card states that he was naturalized through his father's naturalization.
Angelo Colli died in Hartford Co. CT in 1948 & is buried in the same cemetery (St. Mary's) as Geurino P. Colli. Angelo Colli (1855-1948) - Find A Grave Memorial
You are awesome- this is all very helpful!
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1890 Census; the Population Schedules for the 1900 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census, 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 contain information about Greeno / Guerino Colli living with his parents Angelo and Madeline Colli and siblings in Windsor Locks, CT; and later with his wife Melinda and their children also in CT. 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 email@example.com and use all known first name and surname variants noted in your request.
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 in the Records of the Selective Service System (World War I) (Record Group 163) that may include a card showing that your great grandfather became an American citizen by his father’s naturalization. For more information about and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Atlanta (RE-AT) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Angelo Colli’s naturalization took place in a Federal court in Rhode Island, 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 Boston (RE-BO). No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with RE-BO via email at email@example.com, 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 for Angelo Colli.
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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 Connecticut State Archives to request a search for marriage and death certificates for Greeno Primo Colli and other family members. 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 Connecticut 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 their lives in Italy before they emigrated to the United States.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
This was very helpful - thank you for the detailed information!