1 Reply Latest reply on May 6, 2021 10:37 AM by Lauren Theodore

    Seeking naturalization records of George, John, Andrew & Thomas Johnston

    Katherine Thomas Newbie

      My great-great-grandfather George Johnston and his siblings emigrated to the United States from Ireland, we believe, in the 1840s and settled in Ohio, where George and one sibling owned boats. He was born Dec. 24, 1813 and died Feb. 4, 1876 in Burleson Co., TX. Ultimately, he and another brother moved to Texas. We have never been able to find if George applied for citizenship. He specifically didn't answer the question on a post Civil War questionnaire to be able to vote.

       

      We are wondering if his brothers, John, born June 24, 1815 and died Oct. 31, 1899, Cortland, NY; Andrew, born 1799, and died Oct. 2, 1899, Harrison Co., Ohio; or Thomas D., born 1809, died 1864-65, Burleson Co., TX ever applied and became citizens. That would help us determine when they arrived in the United States.

       

      Thank you,

      K.O. Thomas

        • Re: Seeking naturalization records of George, John, Andrew & Thomas Johnston
          Lauren Theodore Adventurer

          Good morning,

           

          Thank you for posting your question on History Hub.

           

          To determine if your ancestors ever applied for naturalization, you will want to request a search of their records from the appropriate National Archives location. Naturalization records dated prior to October 1991 from the Federal courts are at the National Archives. To determine which NARA field site maintains Federal court records for the state where you or your relative was naturalized, please visit: https://www.archives.gov/research/court-records. You will need to work directly with staff in that office in order to obtain a copy of the requested record.

           

          In most cases, the National Archives will not have a copy of the certificate of citizenship granted to a petitioner – our holdings normally include only the declaration of intention (with any accompanying certificate of arrival) and petition for naturalization.

           

          Naturalization records from state or local courts are often at state archives or county historical societies.

           

          If the naturalization took place in a Federal court, the declaration of intention (with accompanying certificate of arrival) and petition for naturalization will usually be in the National Archives facility serving the state in which the Federal court is located (https://www.archives.gov/research/court-records).

           

          Normally, the National Archives will not have a copy of the certificate of citizenship.

           

          We hope this information is helpful in your research.

           

          Sincerely,

           

          The National Archives and Records Administration