Guide to Naturalization Records in the United States by Christina Schaefer - PDF and Printed Editions now available in our online store

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Comparable in many ways to census records, naturalization records are a mine of priceless information and include such items as place and date of birth, foreign and current places of residence, marital status, names, ages and places of birth of other family members, occupation, port and date of entry into the U.S., and more. Since any court of record can process naturalization papers, records relating to naturalization can be found in a bewildering variety of courts; until the appearance of this guide, however, there was no practical means of locating these widely scattered records, nor any reference tool that even made an attempt at centralizing information.
 
State by state, county by county, city by city, the Guide to Naturalization Records identifies all repositories of naturalization records, systematically indicating the types of records held, their dates of coverage, and the location of original and microfilm records. The Guidealso pinpoints the whereabouts of federal court records in all National Archives facilities. But perhaps the most unique feature of the Guide to Naturalization Records is that it identifies every single piece of information on naturalizations that is available on microfilm through the National Archives or the Family History Library System, including the call numbers used by each institution. Records that are available on microfilm through other facilities have also been included.

Other special features of this work include an overview of the history of naturalization and citizenship, a special appendix on Native American tribal citizenship records, hard-to-find information on the records of Japanese and Chinese Americans, and records of internment of American citizens by the U.S. Government.

439 pages | Published 1997, reprinted 2004 | PDF Edition
 

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EDITORIAL REVIEWS

"The author must be commended for the diligent and time-consuming work performed to assemble this source. It is an outstanding reference work."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL (1998).

"Indispensable as a beginning point for research into naturalization records, this book is essential for biographical or genealogical research."--COLONIAL LATIN AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, p. 350.
 
"...Ms. Schaefer's Guide can help lead the researcher to needed citizenship records throughout the country."--THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Vol. 73, No. 2, pp. 157-158.
 
"Schaefer took on an extremely ambitious project. She has succeeded in bringing together an enormous amount of disparate information of practical use to researchers...It appears that the major portion of the book is accurate and reliable, and a credit to author and publisher."--NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 84, No. 4, pp. 113-115.
 
"Schaefer provides a well-organized and comprehensive guide to naturalization records held at the local, state, and federal levels...Recommended for libraries serving clientele interested in genealogy."--CHOICE.
 
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Navigating Naturalization Records - free webinar by Lisa Alzo now online for limited time

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First papers, petitions, certificates and registrations. These are some of the key documents for Naturalization--the process to apply to become a U.S. citizen. Due to changing laws and an evolving process over time, locating the appropriate official paperwork can often be a challenging task for family historians. In this webinar, learn how to navigate naturalization records and what information they contain about your ancestors.

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Comparable in many ways to census records, naturalization records are a mine of priceless information and include such items as place and date of birth, foreign and current places of residence, marital status, names, ages and places of birth of other family members, occupation, port and date of entry into the U.S., and more. Since any court of record can process naturalization papers, records relating to naturalization can be found in a bewildering variety of courts; until the appearance of this guide, however, there was no practical means of locating these widely scattered records, nor any reference tool that even made an attempt at centralizing information.

State by state, county by county, city by city, the Guide to Naturalization Records identifies all repositories of naturalization records, systematically indicating the types of records held, their dates of coverage, and the location of original and microfilm records. The Guidealso pinpoints the whereabouts of federal court records in all National Archives facilities. But perhaps the most unique feature of the Guide to Naturalization Records is that it identifies every single piece of information on naturalizations that is available on microfilm through the National Archives or the Family History Library System, including the call numbers used by each institution. Records that are available on microfilm through other facilities have also been included.

Other special features of this work include an overview of the history of naturalization and citizenship, a special appendix on Native American tribal citizenship records, hard-to-find information on the records of Japanese and Chinese Americans, and records of internment of American citizens by the U.S. Government.

439 pages | Published 1997, reprinted 2004 | PDF Edition
 

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First papers, petitions, certificates and registrations. These are some of the key documents for Naturalization--the process to apply to become a U.S. citizen. Due to changing laws and an evolving process over time, locating the appropriate official paperwork can often be a challenging task for family historians. In this webinar, learn how to navigate naturalization records and what information they contain about your ancestors.

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Alzolisa-144Lisa A.  Alzo. M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist."

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Explain this - deceased husband serves as informant on his wife's death certificate

I've heard of people coming back to life, but that was more than 2,000 years ago. Yet according to Adelaide Brown's death certificate, her husband, who had been deceased for more than two years, was listed as the informant.

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In two places it clearly states that Adelaide was a widow at the time of her death:

Field 5:

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Field 8:

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Yet field 14 clearly shows the name of the informant AND has the informant's relationship to the decedent:

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How could Adelaide's deceased husband be the informant on her death certificate? Below are a few ideas I had, but if you have any other ideas, please let me know in the comments.

Could her husband, Charles Frederick Brown, have been alive at the time of her death? Yes, and I should follow up on this to have more convincing evidence of it. He was last known to be alive in 1910 as he was living in Philadelphia in this census. He was a lodger, working as an operator for the telegraph company, and although he was not living with his wife, he was listed as having been married for 33 years (Adelaide was living in the State Hospital for the Insane in the next county). I've also narrowed down Charles' death year to sometime before 1915 because in 1914, the book Armstrong County Pennsylvania: Her People, Past and Present, was published wherein it states that Charles was deceased. So Charles' death year was sometime between 1910-1914. I am pretty sure I have found his death certificate where he died January 2, 1911, but I'm still working on confirming I have the right one.

Could the informant and husband, C. F. Brown, Sr., be a different Charles F. Brown, Sr.? Not likely. First, her surname at the time of death was still Brown. Secondly, her death certificate shows that she died in the State Hospital in Norristown, the same place where she was enumerated in the 1910 census. My guess is they did not see too many weddings in this hospital and that she did not remarry to another C. F. Brown, Sr.

What is most likely is that when Adelaide was admitted to the hospital, Charles filled out some paperwork which provided her age, birth place, and names of her parents. Not being able to get in touch with Charles when Adelaide died in 1916 (remember, Charles died before 1915), the hospital personnel probably just filled out her death certificate from the information he previously gave them, and listed him as the informant.

Before today, I used to think the informant on a death certificate was always alive at the time the certificate was filled out. Now I have one more thing to be cautious about when analyzing vital records. And if I were to continue the research to conduct a reasonably exhaustive search, I would next try to locate hospital records, pursue Charles' death certificate, and even look for their obituaries. 


A Bibliography of American County Histories by P. William Filby - PDF and Printed Editions now available in our online store

1825Compiled for use by historians and genealogists, A Bibliography of American County Histories provides a state-by-state listing of all published county histories of any significance, giving information concerning title, author, and place and date of publication, as well as details of editions, reprints, and indexes, so the reader can learn what is available almost at a glance.

The work is based primarily on the holdings of the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library, but draws as well on published state bibliographies and lists of county histories furnished by librarians in each state. Comparatively few county histories are published any more--their now almost quaint subject matter features biographical sketches, lists of vital records, and narratives of early explorations and settlements--so this book will remain the standard bibliography for years to come.

The late P.W. Filby was a world-renowned scholar, bibliographer, and cryptologist. He was the author or compiler of twenty books, including works on calligraphy, genealogy, and immigration. His best known works in bibliography include the monumental American & British Genealogy & Heraldry (1983) and Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography, 1538-1900 (1981).

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"A boon for both genealogists and historians, Filby's work provides a detailed listing of published county histories for the entire United States with the exceptions of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. . . . With the help of librarians in each state and state bibliographies, Filby was able, in most cases, to double the number of county histories listed by the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library for that state."--AMERICAN LIBRARIES (May 1987).

"Both professional and fledgling genealogists will find this a useful tool in research."--THE PENNSYLVANIA GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol. XXXV, No. 1 (1987).

"The book [Filby] has produced is a quality product which deserves a place in local history collections."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL (1986).

"Any public, academic, or special library with local history interests will find this book an essential purchase. Libraries serving genealogists no longer can provide adequate reference service without it."--RQ (Winter 1985), p. 253.

"We therefore hail the publication of this newest Filby venture, based on the holdings of libraries throughout the country. By judicious omission of words and phrases from the awesomely detailed titles of most of the county histories, Mr. Filby has been able to include over 5,000 titles, with full bibliographical data for each."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD, Vol. 116, No. 4 (October 1985).

"The indefatigable Mr. Filby has produced another monumental work."--NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY, Vol. 73, No. 3 (September 1985).

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County HistoriesRelated Product - Legacy QuickGuide: Researching County Histories - 2.95

The Researching County Histories Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information to provide you with an introduction to county histories and some tools and tips to help you with your research. With a little know-how and encouragement, you will be well on your way to exploring the various compiled histories available and furthering the research of your ancestors. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.

County histories contain a wealth of information about a county, its townships, and its people. They are excellent sources for genealogists and family historians to learn about the places where their ancestors lived. You may even find an ancestor hiding within pages of a county history. This guide will cover the types of information you can find in county histories, how to use them as tools in your genealogy research, how to locate county histories, and other types of histories you may find useful in your research.

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We have another great new update for our Legacy Family Tree 8 users (free) for you to download. It provides:

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Alabama, Civil Appointments, 1818-1939
Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1942
Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999
Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902
Ansbach, Germany, Lutheran Parish Register Extracts, 1526-1940
Arizona, Birth Records, 1881-1948
Arizona, County Coroner and Death Records, 1881-1971
Arizona, County Marriage Records, 1865-1972
Arizona, Prison Records, 1875-1929
Arizona, School Census Records, 1910 - 1917
Arizona, Territorial Census Records, 1864-1882
Arizona, Voter Registrations, 1866-1955
Arizona, Voter Registrations, 1874-1932
Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1818-1998
Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-2001
Australia, Victoria Coastal Passenger Lists, 1852-1924
Belgium Antwerp Civil Registration 1588-1913
Belgium Brabant Civil Registration 1582-1914
Belgium East Flanders Civil Registration 1541-1914
Belgium Hainaut Civil Registration 1600-1913
Belgium Lie`ge Civil Registration 1621-1914
Belgium West Flanders Civil Registration 1582-1910
Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry, 1897-1909
Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Jewry, 1909-1914
Biographies of Notable Americans, 1904
Brazil Pernambuco Civil Registration 1804-2014
Britain, Directories & Almanacs
Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth index
Britain, School and University Register Books 1264-1930
British Newspapers 1710-1953
British Royal Navy & Royal Marines Service and Pension Records, 1704-1919
British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen
Buchanan County, Missouri Marriages, 1839-1855
California San Pedro Immigration Office Special Inquiry Records 1930-1936
California, Chinese Arrival Case Files Index, 1884-1940
California, Fresno and Napa Counties, Obituaries, 1974-1997
California, Mortuary Records of Chinese Decedents, 1870-1933
California, Oakland, Alameda County, Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011
California, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959
California, Wills and Probate Records, 1850-1953
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Birth Index, 1852 - 1855, 1893 - 1906
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Death Records, 1720-1957
Chester County, Pennsylvania, Tax Discount Index, 1740-1865
Chiapas, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1861-1947
Chiapas, Mexico, Civil Registration Marriages, 1861-1952
China, Imperial Examinations and Related Papers (Han Yu-shan Collection), 1646-1904
Colorado, Wills and Probate Records, 1875-1974
Columbia, South Carolina Obituaries, 1859-1877
Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939
Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999
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The Top 10 Genealogy Classes of June 2016

We've tallied the numbers and made a list of the Top 10 FamilyTreeWebinars.com classes for June 2016! Are your favorite topics or instructors among the list? Need something new to learn? Use the list to get inspired!

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Each month thousands of Legacy Family Tree Webinar subscribers head for the library to learn new skills and techniques to help improve their genealogy research. Among the now-364 genealogy classes in the members-only library, these were the most frequently played during the month of June 2016.  They aren't necessarily the newest classes but rather the topics that were sought out by our members.

Have you seen any of these classes? Are these among your favorites too? Some of these classes (and topics) might be new to you! Get inspired to learn more and make your genealogy journey more fun!

The Top 10 for June 2016

1. Brand New Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage by Mike Mansfield

2. Digital Research Guidance, Research Logs, and To Do Lists: FamilySearch, Research Wiki and Legacy Family Tree by Geoff Rasmussen

3. Ticked Off! Those Pesky Pre-1850 Census Tic Marks by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

4. Get the Most from AmericanAncestors.org by Claire Vail

5. Digging Deeper in German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau

6. Sources and Citations Made Simple, Standard, and Powerful by Geoff Rasmussen

7. Introduction to the Freedmen's Bureau by Angela Walton-Raji

8. Circles or Triangles? What Shape is Your DNA? by Diahan Southard

9. Watch Geoff Live: DNA by Geoff Rasmussen and Diahan Southard

10. Researching Your Washington State Ancestors by Mary Kircher Roddy

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11. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors in New York Passenger Lists by Lisa Alzo

12. Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records by Marian Pierre-Louis

13. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: the Other Ports by Lisa Alzo

14. The Genetic Ancestry of Native Americans by Ugo Perego

15. NEHGS: Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Can Help by Lindsay Fulton

16. Mining the Über-sites for German Ancestors by James M. Beidler

17. Tracing Immigrant Ancestors: Advanced Tips and Techniques by Lisa Alzo

18. Introduction to German Parish Records by Gail Blankenau

19. Google Drive for Genealogists by Thomas MacEntee

20. Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record by Tom Kemp

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Find Ancestors' Immigration in New York Almshouse Records

NY Almshouse Records

 

In the early 1800s port cities in the United States bore the burdens of immigration. By the time immigrants arrived from their native country, many were tired, hungry, and poor. Many newly arrived immigrants ended up in the City Almshouse or Poorhouse. This meant the citizens of their new country had to take care of them.

At first citizens of port cities such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New York asked their Mayors for funds to support the poor. Eventually they asked the states, and by mid-century some states set up state agencies to deal with the issue. Eventually, beginning in the 1880's, the Federal Government nationalized the programs.

Dating back to the colonial era, New York City assumed responsibility for its citizens who were destitute, sick, homeless, or otherwise unable to care for themselves. The city maintained an almshouse (sometimes labeled a house of refuge), various hospitals, and a workhouse on Blackwell's Island (now called Roosevelt Island) to care for the poor. Some were admitted on a voluntary basis, others were sent by the local courts.

There are many women in these records. Widows or single women with no families to support them often had no recourse except to ask the city for help for themselves or their children. Abandoned children are also found in these records.

These Almshouse records are a genealogist’s treasure and often contain immigration details. Some contain basic information on each person admitted, such as the name of ship, the date of arrival in USA and the port of arrival. Others contain much more information.

House of Refuge, Randall's Island, New York 1853
House of Refuge, Randall's Island, New York 1853

Almshouse records for New York City exist from 1758 to 1953. Olive Tree Genealogy has an ongoing project to transcribe and publish all New York Almshouse Records that contain immigration information.

Project Number One

The first set of New York Almshouse admittance records is for the years 1782 to 1813.

New York Almshouse Records 1782-1813. Records contain name of ancestor, date admitted, age, where from or born, complaint [illness], discharged, died, remarks.

Project Number Two

This set of New York Almshouse Admissions covers the years 1819-1840 and includes Name, Age, Place of birth, Ship Name, Where the person is from, Ship Captain's Name, Date of Bond, Sureties, Date Discharged, Death Date, Remarks, etc. Remarks often include genealogical details of the indigent person.

For example, under date 1820 March 11 Elizabeth Kennedy age 34 is listed as having died June 14, 1820; her daughter Mary Ann died Nov. 5, 1820

Researchers can use the clues in the Almshouse records (admission date, ship captain's name, owner's name, etc) as well as census records, to narrow the time frame of arrival. Families with children born in one country, such as England, and then in New York will find it much easier to narrow the time frame of immigration.

Project Number Three


The third set of Almshouse admission records for New York city is for 1855-1858 and contains the following information: Name, age, country of origin, date of arrival, arrival port, departure port, name of ship, captain of ship, married or single, name of someone who knows them, how many times they have been on the island, and a section for remarks. The remarks field often contains the date of discharge from the Almshouse.

 

Left side of Almshouse admission book 1855
Left side of Almshouse admission book 1855

 

Right side of Almshouse admission book 1855
Right side of Almshouse admission book 1855



Other New York Almshouse Resources

There are 30 sets of Almshouse records for New York City that are available on microfilm through FamilySearch.

 For New England poor records see "Looking After the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records" in the Legacy Family Tree Webinar library.

 

Lorine McGinnis Schulze is a Canadian genealogist who has been involved with genealogy and history for more than thirty years. In 1996 Lorine created the Olive Tree Genealogy website and its companion blog. Lorine is the author of many published genealogical and historical articles and books.

Image Credits:

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "House Of Refuge, Randall'S Island." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1853. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e0-d364-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Left and Right side of pages from Admission Book copied by Lorine McGinnis Schulze from microfilm.