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Colorado, Naturalization Records, 1876-1990
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Colorado, 
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Record Description
Record Group RG 21: Records of District Courts of the United States
Collection years 1876-1990
National Archives Identifier 350
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains naturalization records, declarations of intention, court orders granting petitions, and case files from eight different NARA collections.The collections are part of Record Group 21 Records of District Courts of the United States at the NARA Regional Archives in Denver, Colorado. The Colorado Division of Court Services Naturalization Cards are from Record Group 85 Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The collection covers the years 1876 to 1990.

  • US District Court for the District of Colorado. Denver Term. Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1877-1966, NAID 649217
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado. Denver Term. Court Orders Granting Petitions for Naturalization, 1952-1966, NAID 649271
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado. Denver Term. Naturalization Records, 1972-1986, NAID 3514570
  • US District Court for the District of Colorado. Denver Term. Naturalization Case Files, 1876-1947, NAID 649183
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Naturalization Petitions, 1982-1988, NAID 5049445
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Naturalization Records, January 1, 1987- December 31, 1990, NAID 5955511
  • Colorado.Division of Court Services. RG 85 Naturalization Cards, 1880-1906, NAID 1307044
  • U.S. District Court for the Pueblo Division for the District of Colorado. Orders and Petitions Concerning Naturalization, 1926-1949, NAID 720245

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).

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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:

  • Name of court
  • Full name of Petitioner
  • Place of residence
  • Occupation
  • Date and place of birth

  • Date of emigration, date of arrival
  • Port of entry and name of ship
  • Date and place of Declaration of Intent to become citizen
  • Name of spouse
  • Date of marriage

  • Number of children, name and residence of each child
  • Birth date and place of birth of each child
  • Able to speak English?
  • Affidavit of witness(es)

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

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  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
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