2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 25, 2020 12:16 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking naturalization records of Thomas Lombardi


      Hello, I am trying to find out when Thomas Lombardi was naturalized.  He was born on 20 January 1880 in Tollo, Chieti, Italy and I believe he immigrated in 1897. He was married to Julia Decostar on 31 January 1908 in Jefferson County, PA. He is listed as naturalized in a WWI Draft Registration Card so I suspect he obtained naturalization through marriage sometime between 1908-1918. It is important that I know whether that naturalization occurred before or after 22 June 1910. Thank you very much.

        • Re: Seeking naturalization records of Thomas Lombardi
          Alice Lane Pioneer

          Hi Thomas,

          Welcome to History Hub

          Found information about Tomas Lombardie on familysearch.org....Family search is a free site, you just need to register to search.


          The following is a passport application for a Thomas Lombardi born Oct 7, 1882

          has naturalization information as Feb. 20, 1911



          WW1 Draft Registration. same birthdate





          Julia and Thomas marriage certificate



          Best Wishes,

          Alice Lane

          Research Volunteer

          • Re: Seeking naturalization records of Thomas Lombardi
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Mr. Chupein,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Population Schedules for the 1910 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1920 Census, the Population Schedules for the 1930 Census, and  the Population Schedules for the 1940 Census in the Records of the Bureau of the Census (Record Group 29) that may contain citizenship information for Thomas Lombardi.  Some of these schedules have been digitized in part.  The 1940 Census schedules are digitized and available using the Catalog. See NARA’s 1940 Census Records web page for more information. For access to the non-digitized schedules, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov


            For information about the U.S. Census, see the Census Bureau technical documentation and questionnaires and please review the FamilySearch wiki for Naturalization Terms and AcronymsWe also suggest that you review the FamilySearch Research wiki for Pennsylvania Naturalization and Citizenship.


            You may wish to search Ancestry.com for the U.S. Census. There may be a fee for using Ancestry. Instead, some of the images from Ancestry are available for free on Family Search or at your local library. Many library systems subscribe to these sites, making them free for their patrons.


            Since derivative citizenship (obtaining one's citizenship from another person) was not available for immigrant men marrying U.S citizens, Thomas Lombardi would not have become naturalized through his marriage in 1908. On the contrary, his wife would have lost her U.S. citizenship status and would have had to reapply after her husband’s naturalization.  See the NARA article, “Any woman who is now or may hereafter be married . . .” for more information.


            Beginning on September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. 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 custody of the National Archives facility serving the state in which the Federal court is located.


            For access to the records of Federal courts in Pennsylvania, please contact the National Archives at Philadelphia (RE-PA) via email at philadelphia.archives@nara.gov and request a search for his naturalization records by including 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.


            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).


            Certificates of citizenship were issued by the Federal courts until October 1991 when INS took over responsibility for naturalization proceedings. 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 since September 27, 1906 and may be requested through the USCIS Genealogy Program.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1 and RE-PA. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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