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Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995
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Michigan, 
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization Petition Index
Record Group RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1907-1995
Microfilm Publication M1917. Index Cards to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan,South Division, Detroit,1907-1955. 280 rolls.
Arrangement Numerical order by Soundex
National Archives Identifier 350
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains images of soundex cards to naturalization petitions. A guide to using a soundex appears at the beginning of most of the image ranges within this collection. Corresponds with NARA publication M1917: Index Cards to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, Detroit, 1907-1995. Images 5-19 contains instructions for using the soundex. For additional information on soundex indexes see the wiki article Soundex.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Naturalization The records usually include:

  • Full name of citizen
  • Date naturalized
  • Name of court
  • Certificate number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of immigration
  • The approximate date of naturalization
  • The place where the naturalization occurred

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

This collection does not have a searchable index. Only images are available. See View the Images to access them.

View the Images[edit | edit source]

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the Soundex Range 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]

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

  • Use the information in this index to locate your ancestor's actual naturalization record

Use naturalization records to:

  • 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
  • Immigrants could naturalize in any court that performed naturalizations. That included city, county, state and federal courts. Begin by looking for naturalization records in the courts of the county or city where the immigrant lived
  • Look first for the petition (second papers), because they are usually easier to find in courts near where the immigrant eventually settled
  • After 1906, the declaration can be filed with the petition as the immigrant was required to submit a copy when he submitted the petition
  • Because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. If they worked somewhere other than their residence, they may have gone to a court closer to work to naturalize
  • 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

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

  • Check for variant spellings of the names and for nicknames
  • Try a different index if there is one for the years needed. You may also need to search the naturalization records year by year
  • Search the indexes of nearby localities

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Image Citation:
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