3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2020 5:37 PM by Ernest Landante Jr

    Seeking grandfather's Petition of Citizenship

    Ernest Landante Jr Newbie

      My grandfather filed his Declaration of Intention (DI) in US District Court in June 1927. Would he have needed to submit his petition of citizenship in the same court?

        • Re: Seeking grandfather's Petition of Citizenship
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          No, he would not have to submit the petition in the same court.  After 1906 all petitions had to be submitted through a federal court and the person would have used the one closest to where they lived.

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          • Re: Seeking grandfather's Petition of Citizenship
            Cara Jensen Tracker

            Dear Mr. Landante,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            As the previous poster mentioned, 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.


            Unfortunately, no central index exists. To ensure a successful request, please include 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. 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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