3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 10, 2021 12:50 PM by Michael Jacobson

    Seeking Naturalization Records of Harry Jacobson

    Michael Jacobson Newbie

      I am and have been researching my great-great-grandfather Harry Jacobson for quite a while now.

      Harry was either born in 1880 or 1881 in the Vilna/Vilnius Gubernia region of Lithuania (Russian Empire at the time).

      Harry's Jewish name is Aaron/Aharon Chait/Chayet/Chiatt/Hyatt.

      According to a 1920 census, Harry immigrated in 1900 but I have no clue on what ship.

      Harry died the 16th of February 1961, 80 years old. He spent most of his life in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.

      Harry was a painter and a decorator. He was the former president of the "Wilner Combined Aid Society".


      Harry married Nettie Weinstein (possibly Dvorkovich) - another Russian immigrant who immigrated in 1901 - and they had four children:

      • Leonard Jacobson (1905-1966)
      • Bernard Jacobson (1906-1975) my great-grandfather who served in the Korean War.
      • Samuel Jacobson (1909-1979)
      • Gertrude Lilian Jacobson (1912-1989)


      Due to the fact that Harry changed his name, I have unable to find him in either the 1910 U.S. census or any naturalization documents. Any help whatsoever would be greatly appreciated!

        • Re: Seeking Naturalization Records of Harry Jacobson
          Alice Lane Navigator

          Hi Michael

          Welcome to History Hub

          Found this on familysearch.org........family search is a free website.......you just need to register to use.



          Harry Jacobson, "Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950" (familysearch.org)


          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer

          • Re: Seeking Naturalization Records of Harry Jacobson
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Mr. Jacobson,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            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, if his petition was filed in Illinois, the National Archives at Chicago (RM-CH) may have a copy of both his declaration and petition within their holdings, We suggest you contact RM-CH via email at chicago.archives@nara.gov to request a copy of these records.  Please let them know of the possible last name variants.  We also suggest that you search the Naturalization Declarations of Intention from the Cook County Clerk Archives. 

            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 RM-CH. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

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