2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 10, 2021 3:22 PM by Zachary Dabbs

    Seeking immigration/naturalization/name change information for Stanley Diuk

    Michele Strawmire Newbie

      I am looking for any information regarding Stanley Benjamin Diuk.  Born 1896 in Obertyn, Austria/Poland.  Died 1/15/1969 in Canton, OH. 

      May have been naturalized in New Jersey.  I have been able to trace him to the Newark, New Jersey via U.S. Patent documents, but the trail runs cold.  Perhaps a name change?

        • Re: Seeking immigration/naturalization/name change information for Stanley Diuk
          Susannah Brooks Navigator

          The surname did not change, but was often misread as "Dink" rather than Diuk.

          This is his WWI draft card:

          Ancestry.com - U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918


          He departed Hamburg on 7 Nov 1912 Ancestry.com - U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

          [near the bottom of right hand page]

          He arrived in New York on 16 Nov 1912 on the SS Amerika

          [New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 - Ancestry.com]

          It states that his mother, Marya Diuk was his nearest relative in his native county and that he was headed to his father Josef Diuk in NYC.


          He was detained upon arrival until 18 Nov 1912 (about 1 1/2 days)

          Ancestry.com - New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957

          You will probably find at least a few additional records by searching for "Stanley Dink."

          • Re: Seeking immigration/naturalization/name change information for Stanley Diuk
            Zachary Dabbs Adventurer

            Dear Michele Strawmire,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            A potential avenue of inquiry for your research is his naturalization records, if he went through the process. In general, naturalization was a two-step process* that took a minimum of five years. After residing in the United States for two years, an alien could file a "declaration of intention" ("first papers") to become a citizen. After three additional years, the alien could "petition for naturalization" (”second papers”). After the petition was granted, a certificate of citizenship was issued to the alien. These two steps did not have to take place in the same court.  [*Exceptions can include cases of derivative citizenship, processes for minor aliens 1824-1906, and special consideration for veterans.]


            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 National Archives facility serving the state in which the Federal court is located. No central index exists. In this case, based on the information provided, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at newyork.archives@nara.gov.


            To ensure a successful request with the National Archives, researchers should 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 from RE-NY. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            Another potential resource is the Immigration and Naturalization Service, their records may provide additional documentation and/or details that may support your research. 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 from September 27, 1906 through March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning on April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). C-Files and certain A-Files may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


            You may also find NARA’s Resources for Genealogists, as well as the History Hub Blog titled Suggestions and Advice for Family History Researchers. Also, the FamilySearch Research wiki for United States Genealogy may be useful.


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