Alaska, Naturalization Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Alaska Naturalization Records, 1884-1991
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection consists of Alaska naturalization records from the collections at theNational Archives at Seattle for the years 1884-1991. The records are part of Record 21 Records of the United States District Courts'
Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. The first naturalization act was passed in 1802. Immigrants to the United States were not required to apply for citizenship. Of those who did apply, many did not complete the requirements for citizenship.
Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was 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 First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen.
No centralized files existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Naturalization records are generally well preserved, but some records may have been lost to fire or other disasters.
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Declaration of Intent
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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 residence and immigration date
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.
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the information to find the ship manifest
- Search for vital records such as marriage and death
- Use the information found in the record to find land and probate records
- Use the record to see if other family members may have immigrated with the person
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, or even initials
- 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 Alaska.
Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
- United States. District Court. Territory of Alaska : 1st Division Naturalization records, 1884-1991
- United States. District Court. Territory of Alaska : 1st Division Naturalization Records, 1900-1991
- Indexes to naturalization records of the U.S. District Court for the district, territory & state of Alaska (Third division), 1903-1991: M1788
- Declaration of intention, 1910-1929; naturalization records, 1910-1929; indexes to the naturalization records of the U. S. District Court for the District and Territory of Alaska, 1900-1929: M1241
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