Look for Naturalization records at various levels – state courts, county courts, and federal courts.

Complicated to find both intent and petition in one location. Why?

  • A person could file Declaration of Intention in one court and years later file his Naturalization Petition in another court and possibly different location.
  • 19th Century, wives and children received citizenship from their husband or father, so might find separate naturalization records

Hint: Chronology of the immigrant’s life, so you can identify possible locations the papers may be located