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Dear Ms. Kapp,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
Prior to September 27, 1906, any "court of record" (municipal, county, state, or Federal) could grant United States citizenship. Often petitioners went to the court most geographically convenient for them. As a general rule, the National Archives does not have naturalization records created in state or local courts. However, the National Archives at New York City holds petitions for and records of naturalization filed in federal, state, and local courts located within the boundaries of the present five boroughs. A soundex index is available on microfilm. We suggest that you contact the National Archives at New York (RE-NY) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a record search. You may wish to search the FamilySearch indexes for New York Court Naturalization Records to fine tune your search before contacting RE-NY.
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 RE-NY. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
We also suggest that you review NARA’s Naturalization Records website for an overview of the naturalization process and the FamilySearch Research wiki New York Naturalization and Citizenship for more information.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Thank you so much for such a prompt reply, Cara! I will definitely take your suggestion of using FamilySearch to research this before contacting NARA's naturalization records! This is just the guidance I needed to get started.
I tried searching the FamilySearch indexes for New York Court Naturalization Records but turned up nothing using all sorts of variations on his name and all the records available for the NY Court. This has been the history of my experience searching for naturalization, immigration and many other records for Jan Majewski and his wife Sophia. However, they and two children and Sofia's stepbrother are listed in the 1900 US census as shown below. You will not that their name is badly mangled (as it is frequently) but the data confirms that they are my ancestors. Your suggestions will be welcome! TIA