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Naturalization Records and Oaths of Allegiance

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Naturalization versus Oaths of Allegiance

Roger Kennedy

The first USA naturalization law was passed by Congress in 1790. People would be naturalized at their local (usually county) courthouse. Generally an alien needed to reside in the country for 2 years before making a 'declaration of intent'. Three years later the alien could then make a 'petition for naturalization'. Finding your ancestor's 'declaration of intent' would likely place your ancestor in the country about two years prior, although this wasn't always the case.

Before the naturalization law was passed aliens would take oaths of allegiance to the King or Queen of England (or of whatever country ruled the area they were living in). These oaths are effectively naturalization substitutes or can even be seen as naturalization records themselves.

Awesome Genealogy Transcribed Databases

Naturalization of Germans in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from 1815-1830
Naturalization of Germans in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from 1798-1815
Naturalization of settlers in Washington County, Maryland, 1798
Naturalization of Maryland Settlers in Pennsylvania from 1767-1772
Naturalization of Jews in New York from 1749-1755
Naturalization of Jews in Pennsylvania from 1749-1755
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica in 1744
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica in November 29, 1743
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica in August 30, 1743
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica in May 31, 1743
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica in February 28, 1743
Naturalization of Jews in Maryland from 1742-1757
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica in 1741
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica from February 26, 1740
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 4th September, 1728.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 24th August, 1728.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 16th October 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 2nd October 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 30th September 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 27th September 1727.
Oath of Allegiance taken by Palatines in Pennsylvania to King George II, 21st September 1727.
Pennsylvania Naturalizations in Germantown, 1691.

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Philadelphia, 1789-1880 Naturalization Records

Other Databases

Iosco County, Michigan Naturalization Index, 1885-1910
Laramie County, Wyoming Naturalization Records, 1867-1920
Michigan Eastern District Naturalizations
Minnesota Naturalization Records Index, 1854-1957
Naturalizations in America and the West Indies
New York County Supreme Court Naturalization Petition Index, 1907-24
Shasta county, California, Naturalization Records: 1852 - 1932
Pennsylvania Foreign Oaths of Allegiance
Pennsylvania Foreign Oaths of Allegiance, Vol. 2
Pennsylvania Naturalizations, 1740-73
Utah Naturalization Declarations of Intention, 1878-1895
Wasatch County, Utah Naturalization Record Books, 1896-1906

 

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