3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 25, 2021 9:19 AM by Josette Schluter

    Seeking information about Lars Kleppe & Severine Kleppe.

    Sigvald Kleppe Newbie

      Seeking information about my grandfather Lars Olai Stensen Kleppe in US 1904-1910. Lars Olai Stensen Kleppe b. 18.10.1883 in Norway, arrived at New York 11.06.1904 with SS Philadelphia. His first contact in US was Engel Mikkelsen born 1834, who lived in Decorah, Winneshiek County, Iowa. He resided as a farmer in Webster South Dakota, when his sister emigrated to US. His sister full name was Severine Engeline Johanne Stensen  Kleppe, registered April 20th 1906 as Severnie Kleppe at Ellis Island. Lars applied for citizenship June 19 th.1906 i Circuit Court of Hughes County, SD. He returned to Norway and got married 21.04.1910, but his sister remained in US. Question: can You help me retrieve any information about his work places and locations in US? Where was he during Census 1905, and did he achieved full citizenship?  I will also appreciate any information about Lars sister Severine Engeline Johanne Stensen Kleppe.

        • Re: Seeking information about Lars Kleppe & Severine Kleppe.
          Josette Schluter Tracker

          Dear Mr. Kleppe,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          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  the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain information about Severnie Kleppe.  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 archives1reference@nara.gov


          For information about the U.S. Census which was only conducted every decade, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires as well as NARA’s page on Census Records. For information about state censuses and locating the South Dakota 1905 state census, see the Census Bureau- State Censuses- History page .


          We also located the Cash Files, 1890 - 1908 of the Pierre Land Office in the Records of the Bureau of Land Management (Record Group 49) that includes File No. 2029 for a Lars S. Kleppe in 1908. For information about these non-digitized records, please contact RDT1.


          We searched the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)  database that provided two results for Lars S. Kleppe: one is in South Dakota and the other in Montana. The one in Montana may have been cancelled.


          In addition, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Serialized Land Entry Case Files That Were Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected, 1906 - 1981 of the Montana State Office in Record Group 49 that may include Cash File No. 2029 for a Lars S. Kleppe in 1908. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact RM-DV.


          Plus, we located Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 6/16/1897 - 7/3/1957 (T715) in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85) that may include the lists of the SS United States for 1906. For information about the non-digitized records, please email RDT1.


          In regards to your question of whether or not Lars (and Severnie) ever achieved full naturalized citizenship, 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.


          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. Hughes County Circuit Court was not a Federal court and as a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. Beginning September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. Please contact the National Archives at Denver (RM-DV) at denver.archives@nara.gov which holds Federal Court records for the state of South Dakota. 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.


          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. Certificates may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


          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-DV and RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We suggest that you review 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 Day County, South Dakota Genealogy  and Hughes County, South Dakota Genealogy may be useful. 


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


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