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Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930
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Record Description
Record Type Naturalization Petition Dockets
Record Group RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1906-1930
Arrangement Numerical by file number
National Archives Identifier 2679339
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What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains naturalization records filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in the early 20th century. The original records are identified as "Dockets Containing Naturalization Petitions, 1906 - 1930" (NAID 2679339) at the U.S. National Archives at Denver. They are part of Record Group 21 Records of the District Courts of the United States. The records consist of docket books containing declarations of intention and petitions with some including indexes by name. The collection is arranged numerically by file number.

Naturalizations filed in a U.S. District court are another source of information, in addition to those filed in Utah state district courts. The choice of where to file and when likely came from laws and common practices at the time. After 1906, all naturalization and citizenship records should also be available from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

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To Browse This Collection[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:

Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions

  • 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

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

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  • Name of the person
  • The name of a parent or date of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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

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I Found the Person I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

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  • Use the information found in the record to find other records such as emigrations, port records, and ship’s manifests
  • Use the record to learn your ancestor’s foreign and “Americanized” names, if they were different
  • Use the record to learn the place of origin and find their church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and probate records
  • Use the record to see if other family members who may have immigrated with the person you are looking for are listed and have additional information or leads; you may also find additional information on new family members in censuses
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900

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

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  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
  • 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
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

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

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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