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From: "suzanne m. johnston" <>
Subject: Re: [ALL] Naturalization
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 21:06:55 +0000
There are two pieces of paper that accompany the naturalization process.
1) Declaration of Intent: This is often referred to as the First Paper. In
many counties, the form is quite detailed, asking for date of arrival in the
U.S., ports of departure and arrival, age of applicant, etc. Unfortunately,
the Allegheny County declarations usually only give the name of the country
to which the individual owes allegiance. I have seen only one or two
declarations with more detailed information.
2) The second piece of paper is the Petition for Naturalization. This paper
should refer to the declaration of intent, when it was filed, country of
origin, but little else.
The actual naturalization certificate was given to the individual and if it
survived, it would be found among personal papers of the individual and not
with the courts.
It sounds as if you have both papers for one individual. You can confirm
this by reading the second one carefully to see if it refers to the date
found on the 1875 paper.
Before 1906, an individual could be naturalized in any court that served the
area in which he lived. The courts seem to have designed their own forms, so
the forms make look different for different individuals.
>From: "John Steitz" <>
>Subject: [ALL] Naturalization
>Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 14:35:23 -0400
>I requested the Naturalization and Application for Naturalization for my GG
>Grandfather John Buckley from the Prothonotary at City County Building,
>Grant Street, Pittsburgh. These were dated 1878 & 1875 respectively. What I
>received were two similar looking declarations denouncing the Queen of
>Ireland and the UK and pledging to the US which are a very important piece
>of the family history. However, I understand that the application should
>have contained more questions and answers. Information such as place of
>birth and recent addresses etc. Can anyone please enlighten me on this
>process during that time period and where I may look if I am correct about
>that missing piece.
>Lake Placid, NY
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See what youre getting intobefore you go there