2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 20, 2021 10:55 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking immigration & naturalization records of Izabelle Trijonisa

    Florence Hampton Newbie

      My sisters and I are looking for Immigration record of our great-grandma, Izabelle Trijonis. No one knows which port she arrived at from Lithuania but we found year of 1907 by census information. She did settle in Chicago, IL. She was married and widowed twice. We think she was born in 1898 and passed in 1973. She tried many times during her life to become an American citizen but no one could ever find her record of entry. So we are trying to see if we can.

        • Re: Seeking immigration & naturalization records of Izabelle Trijonisa
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          I am not at all certain that this is the correct Isabella, but the year and destination fit and the age is close (most records have her born between 1888-1890). 

          SS Cambroman, from Antwerp to NY, arriving New York 17 Jun 1907 list 5 [stamped page #121] passenger #28

          The spelling of her surname varies a lot in the few records I found from Chicago.  This says she is Polish, but I think what were some Polish provinces in Russia in 1907 are in present-day Lithuania.  There is a town in Lithuania named Tryškiai [Lith], Trishik [Yid], Trishki [Rus], Tryszki [Pol], Tryškių, Trīškē, Trishkyay, which phonically would be the Trissky that appears on the passenger list. 


          • Re: Seeking immigration & naturalization records of Izabelle Trijonisa
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Ms. Hampton,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series titled Alien Case Files, 1944 - 2003 in the Records of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (Record Group 566) that contains an Alien Case File (A-File) for Isabelle Klumbis (Alias: Izabele Trijonis).  We suggest that you submit a request to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Genealogy Program to obtain a copy of her Alien Files (A-Files) using the information from the NARA Catalog entry.


            If this is not the correct person, we suggest that you review these Genealogy: Passenger Arrival List Research Tips  and NARA’s page on Immigration Records for suggestions on how to locate immigration information for your great grandmother.  There are numerous ways that individuals could enter the United States from Europe such as on a ship that arrived at various coastal ports or over land from Canada, etc. Ship passenger arrival lists were a requirement beginning in 1820, but that does not guarantee that person was recorded or that the list still exists. Many of the passenger lists have been digitized and are name-searchable online using Ancestry and FamilySearch.  There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, you may wish to contact your local library. Many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for patrons.


            Beginning on September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. If a naturalization took place in a Federal court, 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 facility serving the state in which the Federal court is located.


            Unfortunately, no central index exists. To ensure a successful request, 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.


            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 various NARA reference units. 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!