Re: Application for Naturalization #general

David Oseas


Before searching any online database, you should always examine the detailed database description to see which records are included.

Unfortunately, although many online naturalization collections include a period into the 1950s in their title, in reality, they have very few records from that time period.

The German Roots site gives a good summary of what records are available in popular online databases:

Your relative was naturalized in the US District Court at Brooklyn, NY.  There is a separate page on the German Roots site for New York City: 

The only searchable website with actual records (not just indexes) from this court is Fold3, which only goes up to 1937.

However, the good news is that FamilySearch has digitized images of that court's records -- they aren't linked to the search engine, so I did some manual work to find them:  I went to the FS catalog ( ) and entered the keywords "Kings New York District naturalization" (without quotes), which led me to the "Final petition and citizenship papers (New York), 1865-1958" collection ( ).  From there, I examined the rolls for 1952 to see which one contained petition #488840, which is FHL 2409296 (DGS 7775943).

Your relative's record can be found, starting with her Certificate of Arrival, at image 1480 ( ).  The two following pages contain her petition for naturalization.

She arrived under the name Frida Schma on the SS California on June 9, 1907

BTW, the number in the upper right of the index card (6986864) is her citizenship certificate number (AKA "C-File number") and could have been used to request the record through USCIS.  In cases where the immigrant went through a lengthy process to naturalize, the C-File may contain correspondence of interest.

Regards,  David Oseas :

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