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Vermont Naturalization Records 1908-1987
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|Record Type||Petitions, Declarations and Oaths of Allegiance|
|Record Group||RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States|
|National Archives Identifier||350|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Contents
- 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]
Records of naturalization declarations and petitions for the U.S. District Courts of Vermont from 1908 to 1987. These records were digitized at the National Archive at Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts and are a collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration(NARA) and Ancestry.com. These records are part of Record Group 21 Records of District Courts of the United States.
U.S.District Court for the District of Vermont
- Petitions and Records of Naturalization, 5.1842-1982, NAID 595941 Arranged by petition number
- Alien's Declarations to Become Citizens, 11.1907-1987 NAID 4526733 Arranged by date filed and numbered 1-9986
- Repatriation Oaths of Allegiance, 1923-1968 NAID 6282560 Arranged by application number
- Vermont naturalization records, 17901-54 from the U.S. District Courts of Vermont
- New England Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906
General Information About Naturalization Records:
Naturalization is a voluntary process through which immigrants can become American citizens. By becoming naturalized citizens, immigrants are granted the same rights, privileges and protections as natural born citizens. Individual States handled naturalizations until 1906 when the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization standardized immigration laws and procedures. Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen is a two-part process: The Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The general requirements for citizenship include residency in one U.S. state for one year and in the United States for five years The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen. Naturalization papers are an important source of information about an immigrant's nation of origin, his foreign and “Americanized” names, residence, and date of arrival. Naturalization records were created to process naturalizations and keep track of immigrants in the United States. Naturalization records are generally reliable, but may occasionally be subject to error or falsification. Be sure to search all possible spellings for the surname of the person for whom you are looking. Think about how the surname was pronounced, and how it sounded in the immigrant’s probable accent. Immigrants or their families often changed or “Americanized” the spelling and pronunciation of their names especially their surname, thus the surname may be spelled differently in records that were closer to your ancestor's immigration date. Also, because immigrants were allowed to naturalize in any court, they often selected the most convenient court. For example, if an immigrant lived in Maine, but worked in Vermont or New Hampshire, they may have gone to a court closer to work.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[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
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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Consult the Vermont Record Finder to search other records
- 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
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- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well
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- 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
- Check other possible ports of entry
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Vermont.
- Beginning Research in United States Naturalization Records
- Vermont Guided Research
- Vermont Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
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