1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 11, 2021 3:18 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking Naturalization Records of Guiseppe Comella

    Alex Mette Newbie

      Guiseppe (Joseph) Comella was born on 12/10/1866 in Palermo Italy and arrived in the United States in 1887. He was married to Liboria Bisesi in 1892. He resided in the Detroit area in Michigan. He died in Detroit, Michigan on 1/30/1958. The 1910 census indicates that he was naturalized. Appreciate any help!

        • Re: Seeking Naturalization Records of Guiseppe Comella
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. Mette,


          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, a few indexes and records have been donated to the National Archives from counties, states, and local courts. We suggest that you contact the National Archives at Chicago (RM-CH) via email at chicago.archives@nara.gov to determine if records from lower courts are available. Please include the name of the 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 RM-CH. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          If the records are not available there, we suggest that you request a search for the naturalization records from the Archives of Michigan.  We also suggest that you review NARA’s Naturalization Records website and the FamilySearch Research wiki United States Naturalization and Citizenship for more information. 


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