Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1994
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|Record Type||Naturalization Petitions|
|Record Group||RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States|
|Arrangement||Numerical by petition number|
|National Archives Identifier||593882|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
- 7 How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki?
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes Naturalization petitions from the District Court for the Chicago Division of the Northern District of Illinois for the years 1906-1994. The records were filmed at the Great Lakes Region of NARA at Chicago; they correspond with NARA ARC #593882. This collection is being published as images become available.
The Family History Library has records of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts. See Illinois-Naturalizationin the FamilySearch Catalog. For records not found in the Family History Library collection, contact the National Archives, Chicago Branch.
To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1994.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
Declarations of intent and Naturalization Petitions
Collection Content[edit | edit source]
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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 year of immigration
- The approximate year of naturalization
- The place where your ancestor lived
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.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
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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]
When you have located your ancestor’s naturalization record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Learn an immigrant’s place of origin
- Confirm their date of arrival
- Learn foreign and “Americanized” names
- Find records in his or her country of origin such as emigrations, port records, or ship’s manifests
- Look for the Declaration of Intent soon after the immigrant arrived, and then look for the Naturalization Petition five years later, when the residency requirement would have been met. Look for naturalization records in federal courts and 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
- If your ancestor had a common name, be sure to look at all the entries for a name before you decide which is correct
- Continue to search the naturalization records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who may have naturalized in the same area or nearby
- The witnesses named on naturalization records may have been older relatives of the person in the naturalization process. Search for their naturalizations
- You may want to obtain the naturalization records of every person who shares your ancestor’s surname if they lived in the same county or nearby. You may not know how or if they are related, but the information could lead you to more information about your own ancestors
I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Check for variant spellings of the names
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Illinois.
- Beginning Research in United States Naturalization Records
- Beginning Research in United States Immigration and Emigration Records
- Illinois Guided Research
- Illinois Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
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
- "Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1994." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois, 3/3/1905, NAID 593882. Records of District Courts of the United States, 1685 - 2009, RG 21. National Archives at Chicago.
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