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Citizenship Records

Citizenship Records at the Green Bay ARC

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Citizenship records are a series of documents completed by immigrants seeking to become an American citizen. Generally, individuals could file their first papers soon after arriving in the United States. There are many variables to consider when searching for citizenship papers.

Keep in mind your ancestor could have immigrated here and not filed for citizenship papers of any kind. Or, he could have taken the first step in the citizenship process but never gone any further. He might have delayed filing his citizenship papers for years.

If your ancestor did file paperwork to become a citizen, he would have typically done it in the county in which he resided at the time. If an individual moved in the years between filing the first paperwork (the Declaration of Intention) and the final part of the citizenship paperwork (the Naturalization or petition), his documents might be found in two different places.

What information can I find on citizenship papers?

Early papers contain very little information, while post-1900 papers may contain a lot of information such as:

  • birthplace and birth date of the immigrant
  • date and port of entry in the United States
  • the name of the ship in which the immigrant traveled
  • names of the immigrant's wife and children

Citizenship Records also go by many other names

  • Declarations of Intention
  • First Papers
  • Naturalizations
  • Petitions
  • Second Paper
  • Certificates

For more information

For more detailed explanation of the citizenship process and its accompanying documentation, see ourĀ Citizenship Records Information.

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did you know?

women were not allowed to file for U.S. citizenship until 1922?