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Our ancestors did not just want to immigrate to the United States. They wanted the right to vote and hold office. They wanted to become naturalized and be citizens of the United States. In most instances, that required declaring their intention to become a citizen, filing a petition to become naturalized, and obtaining a court order finalizing the naturalization. At one point in history, an immigrant could go to the courthouse immediately after they stepped off the ship and file their intention to become a citizen. However, many waited until they reached their destination to file. Then they waited a certain number of years, based on the current laws, to file their petition to become naturalized. Until 1906, naturalizations were under the jurisdiction of any local court in the county of residence. For the most part, after 1906, naturalizations came under the jurisdiction of the federal government. Naturalization files obtained from NARA may contain the certificate of arrival that provides the date and name of ship for immigration.
Elements of the citation could include: name of the person being naturalized, year, file number, name of the court, location of the court, volume, page, city, state, record group title, record group number, record repository, repository location, film creator, and film number.
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