JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Accuracy of Naturalization Records #general

Phyllis Kramer

Rochelle P. Gershenow asked:
How thoroughly does the government check the information provided by
an individual seeking to become naturalized?

Rochelle in those early years the Government did not validate the
information; citizen witnesses provided validation. Later on the Govt
did validate the manifests, to ensure that the person came here
legally (in the form of the Certificate of Arrival), but not the
birthyears or birthplaces.

In the early 1900s there was little documentation. Most folks
emigrated with a steamship ticket, little else. By the way, the same
concept applies to the census; what you told the enumerator he wrote
down. That's why most everything we find is a clue, not a fact.

It really wasnt until the Social Security program began that any
validation was required.
Happy hunting!
Phyllis Kramer, New York City; PBG, Florida
Researching (all Galicia)
...KRAMER, BEIM >from Jasienica Rosielna
...SCHEINER, KANDEL >from Strzyzow & Dubiecko
...LINDNER, EICHEL >from Rohatyn, Burstyn
...STECHER, TRACHMAN >from Nowy Zmigrod, Dukla
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