Have you found his ship-manifest? Starting around 1907-10 or something,
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people who were naturalized had to submit a certificate >from the INS
documenting where, when, and what ship they arrived. When I found my gm's
manifest, there were numbers and a date pencilled next to it, which gave me
the approximate date of her naturalization.
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I am looking for the naturalization of a family member who was named
Goodman COHN. As best I know he was always called Goodman but on his
tombstone it does tell me his full name was Avraham Goodman.
I have searched the US and NYC census records and I can trace Goodman and
his family >from 1900 to 1905, 1910, 1915, 1920, 1925. Somewhere between
1910 and 1915 he moved >from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Goodman does not show
up in city directories.
I want to find his naturalization records. According to the Census
despite the fact he arrived in the 1880s he is only shown to have
naturalized in 1915. The 1925 NY Census says in the naturalization
column "1915-NY" -- and that's where the mystery begins.
I checked with the NARA records in NYC. I checked with the Manhattan
records. I checked in Brooklyn. Nothing. I mailed away to the
Immigration and Naturalization Service in Washington, DC with all of
the details I have and they just wrote back and said they could not
Goodman died in the late 1920s, but his wife Jennie lived on in New York
until her death in around 1947.
Now what do I do? Do I assume Goodman never naturalized? Do I assume
the records are lost? Do I give up?