Petitions for Naturalization, compiled 1912-1991. ARC ID: 718990. Records of the District Courts of the United States, 1685–2004. Record Group 21. The National Archives at Atlanta. Atlanta, Georgia. U.S.A.
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This database contains a collection of Georgia naturalization records.
The act and procedure of becoming a citizen of a country is called naturalization. Starting in 1790 with the first naturalization act, aliens who wanted to become citizens of the United States had to declare their intent in a court of law. However, from the time the first naturalization act was passed in 1790 until 1906, there were no uniform standards for naturalization records. As a consequence, before September 1906, various federal, state, county, and local courts generated a wide variety of citizenship records. After 1906 the vast majority of naturalizations took place in federal courts on standard forms.
What’s in These Records
This database contains records created as aliens applied for U.S. citizenship through Georgia courts. They include petitions for citizenship, certificates of citizenship, court naturalization lists, and other documents. Because these records predate 1906, they are not always in a standard format. Along with an applicant’s name they may list native country, length of residency (in the U.S. and in Georgia), places of residence, addresses, character references, age, dates, and other details.
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