2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 17, 2021 10:15 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking naturalization records of ancestors in New Orleans

    Arlene McCarthy Newbie

      The 1900 census indicates that my ancestors became naturalized citizens after coming to New Orleans, Louisiana from Vera Cruz, Mexico by way of Havana, Cuba around 1870.  How can I find their naturalization records?

        • Re: Seeking naturalization records of ancestors in New Orleans
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. McCarthy,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          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. Please contact the National Archives at Fort Worth (RM-FW) at  ftworth.archives@nara.gov, which serves Louisiana, to determine if records from lower courts are available. Also, records from state and local courts may be located at the Louisiana State Archives.


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


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