Saturday, January 10, 2015

1,046 Born in Greece - Maryland, Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1931



FamilySearch.org has a FREE database titled MARYLAND, NATURALIZATION PETITIONS, 1906-1931.  There are 1,046 entries for people born in Greece.

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Record Description from FamilySearch.org


The collection consists of approximately 13,800 naturalization petitions filed in the U.S. District Court for the district of Maryland. It also includes certificates of arrival, oaths of allegiance, and declarations of intention to naturalize. The collection corresponds to NARA publication M1640: Naturalization Petitions of the US District Court for the District of Maryland, 1906-1930. Index provided by Fold3.com.
The card index is arranged alphabetically by surname. It is very accurate and the information that was current at the time of naturalization was usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors or other circumstances.

Record Content

Cards contain only the following information:
  • Petition number
  • Date of petition
  • Volume and page number of the petition
Cards may include the following additional information:
  • Declaration number
  • Date of declaration
  • Volume and page number of the declaration
  • Certification number
  • Date of issuance
A Declaration of Intent and Naturalization includes the following:
  • Date of Declaration of Intent
  • Full name and age of declarant
  • Date and place of birth
  • Current residence
  • Date of arrival and port of entry, including name of ship
  • Occupation and race
  • Physical description
  • Last foreign residence
  • Marital status
  • Spouse's name with date and place of birth
  • Names of witnesses
  • Name and signature of court official
Petitions for Naturalization may include the following:
  • Name of petitioner
  • Current residence and occupation
  • Birth date and place of petitioner
  • Date and place of emigration
  • Date and port of entry in U. S. including name of ship
  • Marital status
  • Wife's maiden name
  • Number of children
  • Birth date and place of spouse
  • Names of witnesses

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
  • The full name of your ancestor
  • The approximate immigration and naturalization dates
  • The ancestor’s residence
If you do not know this information, check the 1900 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.

Search the Collection

To search the collection fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:
  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors if the information was scanned.