The easiest way to get a naturalization file for anyone in the boroughs
of NY is to email the Varick Street branch, give them the details and
your snail mail address and then they send you copies of the cards that
match the criteria. If you find the person you want, you send them $10
and they send you the file, which is usually the DOI Declaration of
Intent and the final papers. All this information is on my Helpful Hints
page, url below.
As for Passports, I have to put that section up on my page over
Christmas ....but passports were only required during WW1 and then much
later... however, many naturalized citizens wanted to make sure they
would be able to return to the US without problems so they did get
passports, but those were mostly men.
I have a passport application from 1906 for my great uncle to went to
visit family in Germany, and he took no chances, even went through
naturalization again (as he was covered by his fathers when he was an
infant) to be sure. On his application he lists his mother as
accompanying him on the trip, so I would think that family members did
not have to get separate ones.
the FHC has the NARA index up to 1906 - but after that you have to
contact NARA. That's what I had to do, did it by email... you just send
to the main one in Washington DC with the info on the person and they
email you back, or at least they did 2 years ago. I'd always give snail
mail addresses just in case.
Maura Petzolt Mobile Alabama USA
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