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Dear Ms. Faylor,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Because the two minors derived American citizenship from their father, the U.S. Customs & Immigration Service (USCIS) will be unable to issue a Certification of Non-Existence. Their record of naturalization is ultimately their father’s citizenship paperwork.
Nevertheless, we suggest that you request the USCIS to issue Certification of Non-Existence for the two mothers. The USCIS office that issues these certifications is separate from the USCIS Genealogy Program that you would have requested a search through; and the two requests can be in place simultaneously.
To request a certificate of non-existence of a specific record, write directly to the USCIS Records Services at the address below. Your request must include the immigrant’s:
- Name (including all name variants and aliases)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Include when & where the immigrant arrived in or lived in the U.S. (names of immediate immigrant relatives can also be helpful)
If the immigrant’s birth date is less than 100 years before the request date, you also must include a copy of their birth or death certificate. You should mail your request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Attn: Certification of Non-Existence,1200 First Street NE 2nd Floor,Washington, D.C. 20529-2204. Please note that USCIS does not accept original requests by email; and will only mail out certificates to U.S. addresses. You may contact them at email@example.com if you have any questions.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
[Information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]
USCIS has a backlog of work and my request for Index Search for Naturalization Records for my great grandparents and grandfather can take up to 6 months to answer.
Questions: Is it logical to ask for a Certificate of Non-Existence of Record before I get an answer from USCIS that they could not find any records? If the record does exist will the Record Search people at USCIS know to tell the Non-Existence of Record people to issue a Denial Letter?
To complicate the issue, my grandfather did in fact naturalize in 1891, his record is with NARA, and I already received that certified copy. The NARA folks told me to request the Index Search with USCIS first, and then get the Certificate of Non-Existence of Records. Can anyone offer me some clarity? I would like to get the Certificate of Non-Existence of Record rolling if that can be done concurrently with the Index Search.