Is our ancestor a naturalized citizen? That's a very common question families ask. The question then becomes how do I find out? It's really not that impossible to find out. Well maybe if you are a little lucky and have some determination for some. Others will be more lucky and with a few key strokes of their computer poof all the information they are seeking is at their finger tips.
Here is some information that might be helpful to know. Immigration records/ ships logs are interconnected to naturalization records. When looking for naturalization records you probably will need your persons ships logs. It's not always necessary but since the two are tied together it makes finding your naturalization records easier. There were three steps to become naturalized. "Intent to Naturalize", "Petition to Naturalize", and "Naturalization Record" The first two documents were given to the individual and a copy was placed in the court house were they applied and could still be at the courthouse or now placed at the National Archives closest to where that courthouse is located. The third document the actual Naturalization Document was not copied and the one and only document was given to the person directly. If you no longer have that paper and are not sure if your family member was naturalized the only other way to find out is by checking census records. In the 1930 census one of the questions asked was if they were naturalized and the year they immigrated.
You may contact the NARA (National Archives) to request your ancestors Naturalization Records.
Keep in mind you must contact the archives closest to where they lived.
Have as much of the information below as possible before submitting a request. Once your documents have been found it will cost about $15 to copy and send them to you.
Whole name (including spelling variation)
Date of birth
Place of birth (origin)
Ship came over on along with dates
Port of departure and arrival
Name of parents (if known)
Name(s) of anyone who traveled with your person
Address of where they lived in America
To submit your request to the New York State Archives please put in subject "Naturalization Look Up Request" firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck :)