Re: US Naturalization Petitions and Declaration Research
- Thanks Rebecca, that says it all in a nutshell!
--- In email@example.com, "Rebecca Betz-Festa"
> "Naturalization records document the granting of US citizenship
> judicial proceedings, and INS naturalization records duplicate
> found in naturalization courts throughout the country. INS alsoService,
> maintains a variety of citizenship records, among them records
> to derivative citizenship, resumed or restored US citizenship, or
> of US citizenship.
> Prior to September 27, 1906, there was no US Naturalization
> thus the INS has no naturalization records dated before SeptemberAct
> To locate pre-1906 naturalization records, or any naturalization
> records filed with courts, start your research at the National
> Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files)
> INS naturalization certificate files, known as C-Files, include a
> duplicate copy of all naturalization records dated after September
> 1906. All C-Files contain at least a copy of the Declaration of
> Intention to become a US Citizen (to 1952), Petition for
> Naturalization, and Certificate of Naturalization. Occasional files
> contain additional documents or correspondence.
> C-Files include all US naturalizations from all States and
> and from all courts (Federal, State, and local). INS maintains an
> to the C-Files, and can retrieve individual records based on name,
> of birth, and place of birth. C-Files from 1906 to 1956 have been
> microfilmed, and are available via Freedom of Information/Privacy
> request to INS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For naturalizationto
> records after 1956, Freedom of Information requests should be sent
> the appropriate INS District Office.will
> An index to naturalizations of soldiers during World War I may be
> at the National Archives.
> Click on the link for Freedom of Information/Privacy Act and it
> take you to a page with contact information and a link for the Formthat
> which which can be used to request information.
> How to Make a FOIA or PA Request
> The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, provides
> any person has a right to request access to immigration records,we
> those records exempted by the Act (e.g., classified national
> business proprietary, personal privacy, and investigative).
> The Privacy Act (PA), 5 U.S.C. § 552 (a), provides legal permanent
> residents and U.S. citizens a right of access to records filed and
> retrieved by their name or personal identifier.
> As required by the FOIA, ALL REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING.
> FORM G-639 may be used for this purpose, but is not required. A
> including the critera below is sufficient. Requests must be for
> to existing records. The FOIA /PA Program Office will not "create"
> records for the purpose of a FOIA or PA request. The following 4
> outline "How to Make a FOIA or PA Request":
> 1. On your written request, include a daytime phone number so that
> may contact you; fee in searching, copying, and reviewing recordsmay
> apply, see below.and
> 2. Provide as much information as possible on the subject matter;
> will help expedite the search process.
> 3. Verification of Identity, Guardianship, Accompanying Persons,
> Amendment requests are requirements for making a request forrecords
> a personal nature. Requests for disclosure of records on
> other than you require consent or proof of death.Border
> 4. Mail requests for alien files to the National Records Center,
> FOIA/PA Office, P.O. Box 648010, Lee's Summit, MO 64064-8010. Mail
> procurement requests to USCIS FOIA/PA, 70 Kimball Avenue South
> Burlington, Vermont 05403-6813. All other requests, including
> Patrol requests, mail to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Servicesapplicable
> FOIA/PA, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20529.
> Human Resources Information: Mail requests for human resources
> information to: Customs and Border Protection, Burlington Human
> Resources Office, 70 Kimball Avenue South Burlington, Vermont 05403-
> Requests are deemed to constitute an agreement to pay any
> fees that may be chargeable up to $25 without notice. Most requestsyou
> not require any fees; however, if fees exceed $25, we will notify
> You might have better luck searching the local courthouse for the
> naturalization records.
> Good Luck.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, hollling <no_reply@>
> > I'm frustrated. I have several close relatives of ancestors who
> > in the same neighborhood as my ancestor and even the same house
> > times, and arrived on the same ship, but i am not a direct
> > of them so I cannot obtain Naturalization Petitions and
> > Can anyone tell me how to file a FOIA request for Naturalization
> > Petitions/Declarations after 1906?