1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 11, 2018 1:14 PM by Carey Stumm

    NATIONAL ARCHIVES INDEX CARD

    JAN EVES Newbie

      I found an index card on Ancestry that may have useful information on an ancestor.

      It is from 1929 ad is typed. There are 9 fields:

      DEC:     DATE:

      VOL     PAGE

      PETITION:     DATE

      VOL     PAGE

      ADMITTED:

      In the DEC field it has Philadelphia, PA and a date 9/25/22

      What does this mean? Did he arrive in Philadelphia?

      The final papers were filed in California.

      I am looking for family names because this ancestor changed his name when he arrived.

      Thanks for your input!

        • Re: NATIONAL ARCHIVES INDEX CARD
          Carey Stumm Wayfarer

          DEC on the index card refers to the Declaration of Intention, also referred to as “first papers.” As a general rule at that time, an alien could file a declaration of intention to become a citizen after living here for two year. After an additional three years the person can file a petition for naturalization. There is a more detailed description of this process here.

          2 of 2 people found this helpful