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From: "Judy Lester" <>
Subject: Re: [LON] British Subjects
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 13:46:45 -0000
In practice, many people in the 1800s did not bother with British
naturalisation. Apart from the considerable bureaucratic demands of doing
so, it was expensive and was mainly of use to those who needed its status
value for their business connections. As the political scene in Europe
changed in the early 1900s there were more applications. There's a useful
information leaflet here
For those who did apply, the Home Office was not too fussed about the
spelling of foreign names. You could try searching the TNA catalogue with
the keywords "Gl*st*n AND Naturalisation" or "M*s*n*r AND Naturalisation"
(no quotes) to pick up some spelling variants
For a formal announcement of an application for naturalisation, or a
name-change, you could try the London Gazette
and The Times newspaper. Some people now have online access to the The Times
Digital Archive through membership of their local public library. It may be
worth asking whether yours offers that facility.
Finally, there do seem to be many people enumerated in the census as British
subjects for whom no application for naturalisation can be found.
Unfortunately we do not know how honest our ancestors were, whether the
person completing the schedule was well informed, nor whether any records
may have been lost.
From: [mailto:] On
Behalf Of andrew ronald hamilton
Can anyone advise me as to how I can trace the details of a German Citizen
applying for and being granted British Citizenship, please?
This would happen between the years 1873 and 1901, in London.