2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 31, 2020 10:27 AM by Debra Rafferty

    Looking for father's naturalization documents


      Hello, My husband's father was naturalized in the US in 1959.  We need to find the papers.  He arrived in New York and naturalized in Cleveland, Ohio.  His name was Victor Carnevale and he changed his name to Victor Vale during naturalization. Any help or guidance appreciated. I thought it was through the Chicago National Archives but cannot find how to locate this record.  Thank you

        • Re: Looking for father's naturalization documents
          Lisha Penn Pioneer

          Dear Ms. Rafferty,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          The National Archives at Chicago (RM-CH) should have a copy of your father-in-law’s Petition for Naturalization within their holdings from the U.S. District Court in Cleveland. Please contact RM-CH via email at chicago.archives@nara.gov to request a search within those records. Your email should include the name(s) Victor utilized, approximate date of naturalization, and location of naturalization.


          He will also have an Alien File (A-File) that can be requested through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please use this link www.uscis.gov/g-639 to find information about the FOIA process. The A-File will contain a copy of the Petition for Naturalization, but will also include a copy of the Certificate of Naturalization.


          We searched Ancestry and located Victor Vale’s 1959 Naturalization in Ohio. There may be a fee for using Ancestry to access digitized records. However, you may view these records online at one of NARA's facilities for free via a NARA PC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/.


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


          [Information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]


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