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Re: US Naturalization Petitions and Declaration Research

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  • hollling
    Thanks Rebecca, that says it all in a nutshell! ... those ... Service, ... Act ... to ... will ... that ... we ... may ... and ... records ... individuals ...
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 19, 2006
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      Thanks Rebecca, that says it all in a nutshell!

      --- In genealogyresearchclub@yahoogroups.com, "Rebecca Betz-Festa"
      <vct@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi:
      >
      > "Naturalization records document the granting of US citizenship
      > through
      > judicial proceedings, and INS naturalization records duplicate
      those
      > found in naturalization courts throughout the country. INS also
      > maintains a variety of citizenship records, among them records
      > relating
      > to derivative citizenship, resumed or restored US citizenship, or
      > loss
      > of US citizenship.
      >
      > Prior to September 27, 1906, there was no US Naturalization
      Service,
      > thus the INS has no naturalization records dated before September
      > 1906.
      > To locate pre-1906 naturalization records, or any naturalization
      > records filed with courts, start your research at the National
      > Archives.
      >
      > Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files)
      >
      > INS naturalization certificate files, known as C-Files, include a
      > duplicate copy of all naturalization records dated after September
      > 26,
      > 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
      > Territories,
      > and from all courts (Federal, State, and local). INS maintains an
      > index
      > to the C-Files, and can retrieve individual records based on name,
      > date
      > of birth, and place of birth. C-Files from 1906 to 1956 have been
      > microfilmed, and are available via Freedom of Information/Privacy
      Act
      > request to INS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For naturalization
      > records after 1956, Freedom of Information requests should be sent
      to
      > the appropriate INS District Office.
      >
      > An index to naturalizations of soldiers during World War I may be
      > found
      > at the National Archives.
      >
      > http://www.uscis.gov/graphics/aboutus/history/NatzRec/NATREC.htm
      >
      > Click on the link for Freedom of Information/Privacy Act and it
      will
      > take you to a page with contact information and a link for the Form
      > 639
      > 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
      that
      > any person has a right to request access to immigration records,
      > except
      > those records exempted by the Act (e.g., classified national
      > security,
      > 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
      > letter
      > including the critera below is sufficient. Requests must be for
      > access
      > to existing records. The FOIA /PA Program Office will not "create"
      > records for the purpose of a FOIA or PA request. The following 4
      > steps
      > outline "How to Make a FOIA or PA Request":
      >
      > 1. On your written request, include a daytime phone number so that
      we
      > may contact you; fee in searching, copying, and reviewing records
      may
      > apply, see below.
      >
      > 2. Provide as much information as possible on the subject matter;
      > this
      > will help expedite the search process.
      >
      > 3. Verification of Identity, Guardianship, Accompanying Persons,
      and
      > Amendment requests are requirements for making a request for
      records
      > of
      > a personal nature. Requests for disclosure of records on
      individuals
      > other than you require consent or proof of death.
      >
      > 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
      Border
      > Patrol requests, mail to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
      > 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-
      > 6813.
      >
      > Requests are deemed to constitute an agreement to pay any
      applicable
      > fees that may be chargeable up to $25 without notice. Most requests
      > do
      > not require any fees; however, if fees exceed $25, we will notify
      you
      > beforehand."
      >
      > You might have better luck searching the local courthouse for the
      > naturalization records.
      >
      > Good Luck.
      >
      > Rebecca
      >
      >
      > --- In genealogyresearchclub@yahoogroups.com, hollling <no_reply@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > I'm frustrated. I have several close relatives of ancestors who
      > lived
      > > in the same neighborhood as my ancestor and even the same house
      at
      > > times, and arrived on the same ship, but i am not a direct
      > descendant
      > > of them so I cannot obtain Naturalization Petitions and
      > Declarations??
      > >
      > > Can anyone tell me how to file a FOIA request for Naturalization
      > > Petitions/Declarations after 1906?
      > >
      >
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