2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 24, 2020 12:00 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking Naturalization records of John Mavromatacos (Matty)


      I am seeking naturalization records for John Mavromatacos (Matty). I believe he was naturalized in December 1944 as a resident of San Bernardino, CA. He was born in Greece.

        • Re: Seeking Naturalization records of John Mavromatacos (Matty)
          Grace Yuhasz Adventurer

          I found a Declaration of Intention which may be for the man you are looking for.  I didn’t see a Petition for Naturalization (if he had one), so that would take more searching.


          Brief description of a few things I found about this man:


          Ancestry.com has a passenger list for John Mavromatakis

          --born in Greece about 1886.

          --arrived in New York aboard the ship Pannonia on 6 Mar 1914.

          --there is a number handwritten above his entry.  The number, as well as the date of 1941, could be his Petition for Naturalization form number and the date.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t indicate which state/court this would be.


          (I accessed this from an Ancestry.com Library edition so I cannot give you a direct link.  If you get onto Ancestry.com, do a search for John Mavromatakis and it will be the listing for New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957.  I am sure the passenger list can also be found on the Ellis Island website for free.)


          WWI Draft Registration Card for John Mavromatacos

          --Clark County, Washington

          --born in Greece on 15 Aug 1886



          Declaration of Intention to Naturalize for John Matty

          --22 March 1919

          --King County, Washington

          --born in Greece on15 Aug 1888

          --arrived in New York aboard ship Pannonia on 10 March 1914



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          These three records are for the same man.  I hope this is the man you are looking for and that this helps.

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          • Re: Seeking Naturalization records of John Mavromatacos (Matty)
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear S. Matty,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            Beginning on September 27, 1906, the responsibility for naturalization proceedings was transferred to the Federal courts. If his naturalization took place in a Federal court in southern California, his declaration of intention (with any accompanying certificates of arrival), and petition for naturalization may be in the custody of the National Archives at Riverside (RW-RS). Please email RW-RS at riverside.archives@nara.gov for a search 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.


            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 RW-RS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            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.


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


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