1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 13, 2021 11:08 AM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking Naturalization Records for Giovanni LaGreca

    Celann LaGreca Newbie

      I am seeking to determine whether or not my grandfather became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Giovanni LaGreca was born in Pollica Italy on July 25, 1880 and emigrated twice to the United States.  His first arrival was April 11, 1898 on the vessel Aller from Bremen/Naples and the second time he arrived June 23, 1905 from Naples on the Sardegna.  He married Anna Palladino, also from Pollica Italy, in New York City in August 1906 (Marriage license 8/23/06; church certificate of marriage 8/26/06.)  They moved to Philadelphia 1906-1908 and then to Omaha, Nebraska where he resided until his death in 1949.  According to census records, he may have become a U.S. citizen sometime during the 1930's.  Possible date of Giovanni's naturalization ( according to his wife's naturalization papers) is October 5, 1932.  Need to know the date he became a U.S. citizen and copies of his naturalization papers.  Any help you can provide would be appreciated. 

        • Re: Seeking Naturalization Records for Giovanni LaGreca
          Cara Jensen Tracker

          Dear Mr. LaGreca,


          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 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. If he was naturalized in Nebraska, please contact the National Archives at Kansas City (RM-KC) at kansascity.archives@nara.gov. 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 from RM-KC. 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!