3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2021 3:34 PM by Emily Hyland

    Help locating Naturalization details for Alberto Novara

    Emily Hyland Newbie

      I am having some trouble locating any information about the naturalization of my grandfather - Alberto Novara. One thing I found is a newspaper article from Nov 13, 1937 in the Dunkirk Evening Observer. One place listed Maysville, NJ and another Jamestown (NY?). I know for sure he naturalized because his census info had him as an alien in 1930 and citizen in 1940.


      Full Name: Alberto Michele Novara (found it as Albert Novara online)

      Born: Feb 14, 1895 in Costiglione d'Asti, Italy

      Married: Angelina Borio Sept 24, 1923 in Italy

      Arrived in the US: October 10, 1923


      Seemed to have lived most of his life in Dunkirk, NY.


      Any help getting this material would be greatly appreciated! I've tried the major sources and have some up with nothing.


      Thanks for any help!

        • Re: Help locating Naturalization details for Alberto Novara
          Marcus Bacher Scout

          Dear Ms. Hyland,

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Beginning September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. It took time for the lower courts to let go of the practice, so researchers may need to look at lower courts if the National Archives does not maintain a record of naturalization from the early-mid 20th century.


          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. If he was naturalized in New York, please contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) at newyork.archives@nara.gov. Unfortunately, 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 continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RE-NY.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


          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).


          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). C-Files can be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


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


          • Re: Help locating Naturalization details for Alberto Novara
            Susannah Brooks Pioneer

            This file is from Chautauqua Co NY naturalization records Naturalization records, 1837-1972 (familysearch.org)

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