World Archives Project: California, U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1795-1972

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About this project

This project, US Naturalization Originals - CA (Los Angeles and San Diego) comprises a wide variety of naturalization records spanning the period from 1876 to 1940.


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Project Partners

This collection is sponsored by the following partners:


Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles File:JGSLA.jpg

California State Genealogical Alliance File:Californiastategenealogicalalliance.jpg

Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society File:Hemetca.jpg

San Diego Genealogical Society File:San_Diego.jpg

South Orange County California Genealogical SocietyFile:South_Orange_County_CA.jpg

Southern California Genealogical Society File:Scgs_logo1white.jpg

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Examples of Records that should NOT be keyed


The following records should be classified as “Cover page, Section Header, etc” forms and should not be keyed. Images marked as Cover pages will be maintained in the final database - images with no data will not be saved.

Declaration/Petitions with partial covering of petition. The declaration also would not be keyed as it shows a page underneath it. File:Cal_Pet_Dec_CoverPage.JPG
Certificate of Arrival:
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Indexes:
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Backs of forms:
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Book Covers:
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Oath of Allegiance:
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Images such as film leaders, trailers, camera operator cards, etc (images that don't contain record information), should be marked as Image with no data forms.


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Naturalization Form

Naturalization Form

This form type is for all images that have information about someone applying for citizenship in the United States, whether the image is of a Declaration of Intention, Petition for Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship.

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This image is showing a declaration of intention and a petition for naturalization. Only the petition would be keyed as the declaration is laying on top of other forms.

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This declaration of intention would be keyed as a naturalization form.

Prefix

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Given Name

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Surname

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Suffix

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Alias Prefix

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Alias Given

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Alias Surname

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Alias Suffix

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Date of Birth Day

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Date of Birth Month

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Date of Birth Year

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Age

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Birth Country

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Do not key any other jurisdiction such as City, County, or Region.
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e.g. "Finland of the Empire of Russia" should be keyed as Finland; Empire of Russia.
In some cases, the record taker may have recorded an allegiance instead of a nationality, like "Queen of England."
We do drop Queen, King, etc from the country.
If you can determine the country or nationality, please record that, otherwise, please leave the field blank.
If the person was born in the USA and only the state is showing, mark the country blank.
If a country is shown as Austria-Hungary, key as seen.
If a country is shown as Austria Hungary, key as Austria; Hungary.

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Date of Arrival Year

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Date of Record Day

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Date of Record Month

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Date of Record Year

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Spouse Given Name

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Spouse Surname

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Children

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