4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 12, 2021 2:12 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking immigration information for Mary Vacis Voves

    Kathi Platter Newbie

      I am seeking information on an ancestor that immigrated from Bohemia prior to 1903. Her name was Mary Vacis Voves.

        • Re: Seeking immigration information for Mary Vacis Voves
          Susannah Brooks Navigator

          Could you give us her year of birth and where she lived in the US?  When she immigrated was her surname Vacis or Voves?

            • Re: Seeking immigration information for Mary Vacis Voves
              Kathi Platter Newbie

              The only information I have for Mary Vacis Voves is from a 1903 Iowa Board of Health for Howard county.  The marriage registered was for her daughter Anna Voves, 20 years old on November 10th, 1903 when she married John Jarosh.  The registration shows Mary Vacis is her maiden name.  Mary Vacis married Thomas Voves.  I am assuming both mother and daughter were born in Bohemia since the marriage registration states the daughter, Anna, was born in Bohemia. 

              This is all the information I have currently.  The church where the daughter was married is researching for the marriage certificate, if any, and any other information. 

              Thank you for any information found!

            • Re: Seeking immigration information for Mary Vacis Voves
              Cara Jensen Tracker

              Dear Ms. Platter,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              Since the U.S. Census notes citizenship status, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census, and the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census  in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may indicate Mary Vacis Voves’s citizenship status.  For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov


              For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires. Please review the FamilySearch wiki for Naturalization Terms and Acronyms and NARA’s Naturalization Records website for an overview of the naturalization process.


              You may wish to search Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


              If she was listed as naturalized in a U.S. Census, the naturalization would have taken place in a Federal court.  If the petition was filed in a Federal court in Iowa, the National Archives at Kansas City (RM-KC) should have a copy of both her declaration and petition within their holdings.  We suggest you contact RM-KC via email at kansascity.archives@nara.gov to request a search for her naturalization records by including her name (including known variants); date of birth; approximate date of entry to the US; approximate date of naturalization; where she 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 RM-KC . We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.

              As Mary Voves may have remarried, we suggest that you search for records of her marriage in the Historical Records Collection “United States Marriages” and review the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Marriage Records to expand your searches.


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