1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 3, 2021 12:51 PM by Josette Schluter

    Seeking naturalization records for Emidio Giaimo and Matteo Macaluso

    Elizabeth Reenstra Newbie

      I am looking for naturalization records as well as date of confirmation it was completed for my great grandfather - Emidio Giaimo (Emidio Francesco “Mimi” Giaimo) who resided in Passaic, NJ. He would have been naturalized around 1925 (I think). I’ve seen previous declarations (seems he submitted a few times over the years and they expired) but no confirmation yet found despite a 1930 census saying he naturalized and an immigration document from travel back to the US from Italy stating NA August 1925. He originated from Petralia Sottona, Palermo and would have arrived 1899 or 1900.


      I’m also looking for his father in-laws records - his name is Matteo Calogero Macaluso also from Petralia Sottona. He arrived around the same time 1889 or 1900 and in some census documents it says NA for 1904. His name also changed to Matthew Macaluso in some census data. His wife was Caterina Orlando or Catherine Macaluso.

        • Re: Seeking naturalization records for Emidio Giaimo and Matteo Macaluso
          Josette Schluter Tracker

          Dear Ms. Reenstra,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If your father-in-law was naturalized 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. As a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. However, a few indexes and records have been donated to the National Archives from counties, states, and local courts. Researchers should contact the National Archives facility serving the state in which the petitioner resided to determine if records from lower courts are available. In certain cases county court naturalization records maintained by the National Archives are available as microfilm publications.  Records from state and local courts are often at state archives or county historical societies.


          Beginning on September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. 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. Records for Passaic, New Jersey  would be in the custody of the National  Archives at New York. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at newyork.archives@nara.gov.  No central index exists. 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.


          While the Federal Courts were given responsibility for naturalization proceedings, it took time for the lower courts to let go of the practice, so you may need to look at lower courts if the National Archives does not maintain a record of naturalization from the early-mid 20th century. We suggest that you contact the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton, New Jersey.


          The records you seek may be available in digital form and may be viewed online via Ancestry. There may be a fee for using this service. Instead, please check for access at your local library as many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


          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.


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