naturalization research #general


Bruce Drake <BDrake@...>
 

Although I have learned many skills in my genealogical research, there is one
seemingly common task I seem to have become stumped by -- which is tracking down
the naturalization papers of my maternal great grandfather. I've seen in
Ancestry.com the shorter info that's available online such as the index cards that
simply note he was naturalized, but after reading the various government sites that
deal in these documents, I haven't been able to figure out how to get a copy.

I did once put in a request to NARA using the index info found on Ancestry but they
said they couldn't find the record.

Is this something I need to go to NYC to the district courts for (he lived in
Manhattan and later Brooklyn)?

I know this is probably very elementary for many researchers here, but if someone
could drop me a note on how to proceed, I'd appreciate it.

Finding these papers will hopefully enable me to solve a big missing piece of the
puzzle since my maternal great-grandfather is the only one of that generation for
whom I cannot pinpoint a place of origin since, on every document that I could find
he listed only "Russia"

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring, Md.

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