Sally Bruckheimer <sallybruc@...>
"I have been able to find the Declaration of intent (19 April 1850) and Oath (2 July 1843) as components of the naturalization record of my 2nd great grandfather Charles Schiff. They correspond to the records referenced in the index to naturalization records - dates, bundle number and record number – all on Ancestry. Neither the index card nor the records contain the port of arrival or date of arrival. "
My family also came very early. All you get is "I give up allegiance to the King of ___"
I always write in response to people who tell us that all naturalizations come with Certificates of Arrival and name changes and such, that not all do.
I did however get the naturalization papers for a cousin who naturalized in 1906 (the last in the Niagara County Court), and this Russian Jew said he was born in Marseilles! It was amazing, as was getting the actual paper in my hand to look at.