3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 21, 2019 12:15 PM by Lisha Penn

    Where are ancestors' petitions or letters of intent for Naturalization?

    Paula Burgan Newbie

      Where are my ancestors' petitions or letters of intent for naturalization? I went to Northern Illinois U. to the National Archives and found the Naturalization papers for Anton Drevniak and Francis Koenig in the late 1800's but no petitions or letters of intent.  I'm looking for the cities of origin.  I have Anton's death certificate but can't find the city listed.  I've been through Castle Garden, Family Search and Ancestry.com.  They both lived in LaSalle, IL.

        • Re: Where are ancestors' petitions or letters of intent for Naturalization?
          Lisha Penn Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Burgan,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          Based on the dates of their naturalization, it is likely that the city of origin will not appear on the Declarations of Intention or Petitions for naturalization. Naturalization forms prior to 1900 were not standardized and only recorded the country of origin in most cases. Unfortunately, none of those records are maintained by the National Archives.

           

          Therefore, we search Ancestry and located a naturalization index card for Anton Drevniak in the LaSalle County Circuit Court records. Please follow these instructions provided by the LaSalle County Circuit Court to obtain copies of his records.

           

          Also on Ancestry, we located a naturalization index card for Francis Koenig which states that he naturalized in Ottawa, IL, at the “city court.” Please follow the same instructions provided by the LaSalle County Circuit Court to obtain copies of his records.

           

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

           

          [Information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]

           

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            • Re: Where are ancestors' petitions or letters of intent for Naturalization?
              Paula Burgan Newbie

              Dear Ms. Penn:  Yes, I have been to Northern Illinois U. and have copies of both naturalizations.  No help there on cities of origin, as you said.  I have death certificates for Anton Drevniak and his son.  Anton’s lists Krojause, Germany, which I can’t find. His son’s lists Schneiderville (in France) but I don’t know if that’s an origin city or just a place where Anton worked. Haven’t had any luck elsewhere so can’t pursue other avenues.  Any other suggestions?  Many thanks. Paula

                • Re: Where are ancestors' petitions or letters of intent for Naturalization?
                  Lisha Penn Adventurer

                  Dear Ms. Burgan,

                   

                  Thank you for posting your follow-up request on History Hub!

                   

                  Please review the National Archives website on Immigration Records for research tips and additional sources of possible information. If you have not already done so, we suggest that you search for them on a ship passenger arrival list or passenger manifest. In some cases, the place of birth (including a city) will be included.

                   

                  You may benefit by connecting with a German genealogy organization. Please search Germany-Deutschland Societies & Groups for active genealogy groups. We further suggest that you search French Vital Records for any death certificates that they may have for Anton’s son.

                   

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

                   

                  [Some information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]

                   

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