Texas Naturalization

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This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D. FUGA for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The Republic of Texas had no naturalization requirement. Consequently no such records exist before 1846. After statehood and prior to 1906, naturalization records in Texas are found in both the county and district courts in the respective county. The records may be found in county court minutes, county court civil minutes, probate minutes, commissioners court minutes, or in separately maintained volumes. The Act of Congress of 1906 limited naturalization to state courts without original jurisdiction, and Texas county district courts met that requirement. Declarations, affidavits, orders of admission, and other documents are maintained by those courts and the U.S. Federal District Courts.

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