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California County Naturalizations, 1831-1985
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
California, 
United States
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Location of California
Record Description
Record Type County Naturalizations
Collection years 1831-1985
FamilySearch Resources
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California State Archives


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of naturalization records for the years 1831 to 1985 from the following counties (coverage dates vary by county). This collection is being published as images and records from more counties become available.

  • Alameda
  • Amador
  • Alpine
  • Butte
  • Calaveras
  • Clousa
  • El Dorado
  • Fresno
  • Glenn
  • Lake

  • Lassen
  • Los Angeles
  • Mendocino
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Orange
  • Placer
  • Sacramento
  • San Francisco
  • Sonoma

  • Santa Clara
  • Stanislaus
  • Santa Barbara
  • San Benito
  • San Diego
  • Solano
  • Sutter
  • Yolo
  • Yuba

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible FamilySearch makes images and indexes available for all users. However, rights to view these data are limited by contract and subject to change. Because of this there may be limitations on where and how images and indexes are available or who can see them. Please be aware some collections consist only of partial information indexed from the records and do not contain any images.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for California, County Naturalizations, 1831-1985.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Naturalization petitions

  • Name of the petitioner
  • Residence
  • Country of birth
  • Place and date of arrival
  • Names of two witnesses
  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition

The Declaration of Intent

  • Name of the immigrant
  • Country of birth
  • Arrival date
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace

  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

The following records were in the indexed portion of this collection as of 8 August 2018.

County Records
Alameda 117,011
Butte 2,336
Calaveras 3,349
Colusa 2,733
Fresno 26,848
Glenn 1,678
Lake 192
Lassen 2,800
Mendocino 4,682
Napa 9,158
Placer 5,993
Sacramento 27,098
San Benito 631
San Diego 16
San Francisco 130,776
San Mateo 22,748
Santa Clara 17,291
Solano 5,793
Sonoma 16,803
Sutter 410
Yolo 2,217
Yuba 2,421
No County Given 62,885

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

For a map showing FamilySearch's holdings of California county naturalization records see County naturalization holdings, California.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The approximate immigration and naturalization dates

If you do not know this information, check the 1900 or 1910 census and then calculate the possible year of naturalization based on the date of immigration. The 1920 census may tell you the exact year of immigration or naturalization.

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the County
  2. Select the Record Type, Year Range and Volume Number or Letter to view the images.


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information that was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the information found in the record to find the ship manifest
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records
  • If applicable, search for military records as well
  • Search for other vital records, such as marriage and death
  • Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived. Then look for the naturalization petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts, then in state, county, or city courts. An individual may have filed the first and final papers in different courts and sometimes in a different state if the person moved. Immigrants who were younger than 18 when they arrived did not need to file a Declaration of Intent as part of the process

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of California.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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