3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 18, 2020 4:53 PM by Judith Kapp

    Seeking naturalization petition & certificate for Jan/John Majewski

    Judith Kapp Adventurer

      My ancestor is Jan (or John) Majewski.  He was born in Poland/Russia in 1853 and immigrated to the US in 1885.  He lived in the Bronx, NY were he met and in 1888 married Sophia Golankiewicz who immigrated from Przeworsk, Poland in 1886.  Jan submitted an application for naturalization sometime between 1885 and 1900 and received a certificate of naturalization.

        • Re: Seeking naturalization petition & certificate for Jan/John Majewski
          Cara Jensen Navigator

          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 newyork.archives@nara.gov 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!


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