New England Naturalizations records 1791-1906 released on Findmypast

The six states of New England were all popular destinations for immigration and settlement since colonial times due to the rich and expansive farmlands and large towns and cities such Boston, Providence and Hartford. Findmypast has just released 635,867 records filed at various courts throughout the six states of New England, which include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

These states form the northeastern corner of the United States and were all major places for immigration and settlement since colonial times. Immigrants moved here both for the rich and expansive farmlands and to the larger towns and cities like Boston, Providence, and Hartford. After the founding of the United States, new immigrants to the area who wished to become citizens needed to apply for naturalization before attaining citizenship.

While the information for each person may vary, New England naturalizations 1791-1906 usually provides:

  • Names
  • Address
  • Certificate number
  • Title and location of court
  • Country of birth
  • Birth date
  • Date of arrival in U.S.
  • Place of arrival in U.S.
  • Date of naturalization
  • Names and addresses of witnesses

You can learn more and also search the records (a Findmypast subscription is required) at  http://goo.gl/YPTjsp.

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Oh Bully for Find My Past, adding more material before they sort out the view-ability of their American Newspapers, which have been unusable for the past month.

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Hi, I can only get 615,849 results, the event range goes up to 1993 (?) and if you filter by date of birth descending, the results are nonsensical. Don’t they check before launching new records? The existing records are already filled with errors.

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Are these records on Ancestry, does anyone know?

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    The actual Naturalization Records are not on Ancestry.com. The Form N0. 1-IP. 14-3202. index cards made when they scanned the Doc’s in 1929-30’s., are on Ancestry and Familysearch. The info from the index cards is used to find the Naturalization Records which are free on FamilySearch. Follow the State, Court, year and record # on the index card to the actual record. You can search the index cards at this link, then go to the one I posted above. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1840474

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    Thanks very much for posting this info. Will try it this weekend. Maybe I’ll find my gt gt grandfather Patrick McCaw’s naturalization at long last. Arrived 1855. Oral history says Maine but soon in NJ, then Brooklyn by 1862. Naturalized by 1865 NY state census but I have never been able to find the record. McCaw is almost always misspelled. Thanks again.

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The problem with this data is that you don’t find out anything about the wife (women don’t matter). I have a copy of my Grandfather’s that I copied at the Waltham MA, National Archive. It has that data for my grandfather but only mentioned my Grandmother’s name. I got the date that she immigrated from the census (it was about 5 years before my grandfather). The married in the USA but it only gives her name and nothing about where she was from or how she got here.

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I was told that states and counties were required to send these cards to Washington about 1906, but a Maine archivist of sorts squirreled the New England cards away and never sent them, which is why they are still available. Is that story accurate?

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    There was no regulation of Naturalization until 1906, when Congress established the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization and put in place a specific procedure to be followed. Before 1906 naturalization matters were entirely within the jurisdiction of the courts. The 1906 procedure only pertained to naturalization going forward, it did not require prior records to be sent to Washington.

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