2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 9, 2021 11:34 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking passenger list or other records for Thomas Hynes

    Chris Kelly Wayfarer

      Hi, I have found a passenger list for a Thomas Hynes in the New York Passenger Lists,1820-1891. The birth year and nationality match my Grandfather, Thomas Hynes, but it does not give any information regarding where exactly in Ireland he came from!  The ship name says City of Chicago. Is there any way of finding any more details so I can rule out if it is him or not? Thomas Hynes was born in Turloughmore, Co Galway, Ireland and his date of birth was 20 December 1869. I am not sure what year he immigrated but I do know it was before 1901 and also think it was to New York. He went possibly to Long Island. If anyone can help in my search, please and thank you.

        • Re: Seeking passenger list or other records for Thomas Hynes
          Susannah Brooks Tracker

          I copied the top of the first page of the City of Chicago passenger list, so that you could see the column headings and part of page 13 of the passenger list that includes Thomas Hynes (second from bottom).

          If your ancestor was naturalized, his declaration or intention and his petition for naturalization would probably contain information about his arrival in the US.  Where did he live in the US?

          • Re: Seeking passenger list or other records for Thomas Hynes
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Chris Kelly,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            As the previous poster noted, naturalization records often contain immigration information. 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 facility serving the state in which the petitioner resided 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. If the records are not available, we suggest that you request a search for the naturalization records from the State Archives or County Historical Societies.

             

            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. 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!