Dear Ellin Jones,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
There are many ways to approach genealogical research in the National Archives. Because the records in our custody are maintained in "record groups" that correspond with the Federal agency that created them, it is necessary to identify areas in which your ancestors had contact with the Federal government. The records in the National Archives that are most useful for genealogical research include census records and passenger arrival lists of immigrants. These records usually provide information such as age, country of origin, parents, spouses, etc. In order for us to make a search of these records it is necessary for you to provide names, dates, and places. We are enclosing our pamphlet Using Records in the National Archives for Genealogical Research, along with forms for ordering passenger arrival records and census records.
Please note that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has suspended reproduction and digitization services until further notice due to COVID-19. Orders will not be serviced until operations can resume safely. Once operations resume, document reproduction requests will be filled in the order in which they were received. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Hello Mr. Jones,
Thank you for posting your question on the History Hub. Familysearch.org is an excellent free online resource to help you get started with searching for naturalization index cards. Ancestry.com or Fold3.com are subscriptions and likely available for free at your local library. Location of the original naturalization information or index card will help facilitate any records request.Here is a link to more information about the location of naturalization records. Some records are located at the federal court, the district courthouse, or the state archives. You will have to contact the courts directly.
For example, if the person naturalized in NY, USA, the records may be at the New York regional National Archives depending on the date of naturalization. Please refer to the regional archives listings if the person naturalized in another state. You may contact the regional National Archives location directly by email with detailed information and potentially a copy of the original naturalization index card if found. Expect delay with any reply due to our closing during COVID. **See notice below.
I recently posted a blog about immigration records that may be helpful to you. NARA has posted to YouTube tutorial videos for help with research, Early Naturalization Records NARA YOUTUBE VIDEO, Immigration Records NARA YOUTUBE VIDEO.
**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-KC. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
I hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research.