If you will share his name and approximate birth year, we can help you search for his naturalization.
His name was Vincenzo Giusti. He was born in Lucca, Italy in 1858 or 1859. He was married to Clotilde Lenci, who died in 1928. In the 1930s he lived at 334 Atwells Ave. in Providence, R.I. Thanks!
The 1935 Rhode Island state census lists Vincenzo Giusti as an alien, but he is listed in the 1940 Census as naturalized. Census information is not always accurate. Rhode Island naturalization record 1802-1945 are on Ancestry.com and he does not appear in that set of records.
Thanks you, Susannah
Dear Mr. Giusti,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Vincenzo Guisti in Providence, Rhode Island. The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. For more information about the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If a naturalization took place in a Federal court in Rhode Island, naturalization indexes, declarations of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petitions for naturalization will usually be in the National Archives at Boston (RE-BO). No central index exists. To ensure a successful request with RE-BO via email at email@example.com, you should include the following: 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.
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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).
Since 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 wish to search Ancestry or FamilySearch for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!