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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Greek Immigrants - ARIZONA, STATE COURT NATURALIZATION RECORDINGS 1869-1976
Ancestry.com has a new database titled ARIZONA, STATE COURT
NATURALIZATION RECORDINGS 1869-1976 - includes 37 records for people born
If you do not have a subscription to Ancestry.com, remember that you can access
the program at most of your local libraries for FREE.
Description of Database from Ancestry.com
Original data: Arizona County Naturalization Records.
Arizona History and Archives Division, Phoenix, Arizona.
About Arizona, State Court Naturalization Records,
Introduction to Naturalization Records:
The act and procedure of becoming a citizen of a country is
called naturalization. In the U.S., naturalization is a judicial procedure that
flows from Congressional legislation. However, from the time the first naturalization
act was passed in 1790 until 1906, there were no uniform standards. As a
consequence, before September 1906, various federal, state, county, and local
courts generated a wide variety of citizenship records that are stored in
sundry courts, archives, warehouses, libraries, and private collections. After
1906 the vast majority of naturalizations took place in federal courts.
Naturalization laws have changed over the years. These acts
are important to understand as they would have greatly impacted when your
ancestor was able to become naturalized, as well as the exact process he or she
had to go through to become a citizen. For example, some naturalization acts
required residency in the U.S. for a certain number of years, some excluded
certain ethnicities from being able to become citizens, and others granted
citizenship status in exchange for military service.
The Naturalization Process:
The first responsibility for an immigrant wishing to become
an official U.S. citizen was to complete a Declaration of Intention. These
papers are sometimes called First Papers since they are the first forms to be
completed in the naturalization process. Generally these papers were filled out
fairly soon after an immigrant's arrival in America. Due to some laws, there were
times when certain groups of individuals were exempt from this step.
After the immigrant had completed these papers and met the
residency requirement (which was usually five years), the individual was able
to submit his Petition for Naturalization. Petitions are also known
as Second or Final Papers because they are the second and
final set of papers completed in the naturalization process.
Immigrants also took a naturalization oath or oath
of allegiance. A copy of this oath is often filed with the immigrant's first or
second papers. After an immigrant had completed all citizenship requirements he
was issued a certificate of naturalization. Many of these documents can be
found in the records of the court in which they were created.
Other naturalization records include naturalization
certificate stubs and certificates of arrival.
Many immigrants took out their First Papers as
soon as they arrived in America, in whatever county and state that may have
been. Later they would file their Second Papers in the location in
which they took up residence.
What’s Included in this Database:
This collection includes images of naturalization records
from Arizona courts in the counties of Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Pima, and Yuma
for the years 1869 to 1976.