They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins

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Loretto Dennis Szucs, They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins, © 1998, Ancestry Incorporated, Salt Lake City, Utah, Soft Bound, 294 Pages, 0-916489-71-X, 929'.1'072073-dc21.


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Back Cover - They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins

From the seventeenth century to the present, the naturalization process has resulted in the creation of significant historical records about individuals and groups. An immigrant’s desire to become a citizen of the United States might have been recorded on a formal document filled with biographical detail; or it may have been handwritten on a paper with nothing more than the immigrant’s name and the date of the event.

Regardless, naturalization records rank among the most fascinating record sources available to the general public. Such citizenship documents are eagerly sought for both their sentimental and informational value, yet they can be difficult to locate and fully understand. Complex and ever- changing naturalization laws have resulted in a great deal of confusion.

And while immigrants made major contributions to the building of the United States, many were never formally naturalized—though even in cases where naturalization documents are not available, there are plenty of fascinating alternatives that will help to determine an immigrant’s Old World origins.

They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins addresses the complexities of naturalization records in a straightforward discussion. Dozens of illustrations and example documents enhance the reading and simplify the search for these unique sources of Americana.


  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 The Naturalization Process in the United States: Historical Background
  • Chapter 2 How to Find Immigration and Naturalization Information
  • Chapter 3 Naturalization Courts and Processes
  • Chapter 4 Published Naturalization Records and Indexes
  • Chapter 5 Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • Chapter 6 Naturalization Records in the National Archives
  • Chapter 7 Finding Naturalization Information on the Internet
  • Appendix A Immigration Chronology
  • Appendix B Selected Addresses
  • Appendix C INS Form
  • Index

Library of Congress Catalog Listing

  • LC Control Number: 97042254
  • Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
  • Personal Name: Szucs, Loretto Dennis.
  • Main Title: They became Americans : finding naturalization records and ethnic origins / Loretto Dennis Szucs.
  • Published/Created: Salt Lake City, Utah : Ancestry, c1998.
  • Description: viii, 294 p. : ill.; 28 cm.
  • ISBN: 091648971X (softcover)
  • Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Subjects: Naturalization records--United States--Handbooks, manuals, etc. United States--Genealogy--Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • LC Classification: CS47 .S96 1998
  • Dewey Class No.: 929/.1/072073 21
  • Geog. Area Code: n-us---
  • CALL NUMBER: CS47 .S96 1998
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