JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Kings And New York County naturalizations #general

Susan Steeble

Jim Artt asked: "Does anyone have way to find electronic index to Kings county
naturalizations early 20th century without paying fee for access? For New York
County, I have index info for relative, can't find anything on procedures as who
to write to, any required fees, etc to obtain copy of citizenship papers. Just to
clarify, not talking about NARA naturalizations, but rather county court systems

It so happens that I recently wrote an article for the JGS of
Maryland's newsletter on exactly that topic!

The short answer is that, if your ancestor was naturalized in the Kings County
Supreme Court (and not in a federal circuit or district court), you need to obtain
the index information in one database and then look for the images in a different
database. For New York County Supreme Court, there are more options, but you can
follow the same procedure.

For Kings County, you can obtain the index info for your ancestor's Petition and
Declaration in the database of the Jewish Genealogical Society (NYC): (Scroll down; the Petitions
follow the Declarations.) Then, once you have that information, you can find the
images at The images are indexed geographically by state and
county and then chronologically by year, so a record can be found only if the
volume and page numbers are known. A search by surname will not find them.
Direct link for Kings County:
(MODERATOR: The Declaration will usually have
multiple pages (consecutive), so be sure to check the pages before and after the
one you reach first.

As for the New York County naturalizations that took place in the county courts, I
believe you said you already have the index number (which could also be obtained
from,, or the
web site). Then, find the images on FamilySearch; the direct link for New York
County is:
Susan Steeble
Baltimore, MD

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