Alien Registration Cards #unitedkingdom
Phyllis Kramer <phylliskramer1@...>
Meryl Persky asked about these cards. The one line answer is that
folks who weren't naturalized were required to complete alien
registration cards around 1940. In response to your request, the
INS found the naturalization information for folks matching to
names you submitted.
The details: In 1940, in response to distant threats of war, the
US launched the Alien Registration Program; every alien resident
had to register at their local Post Office while aliens entering
the country registered as they applied for admission. Alien
Registration requirements applied to all aliens over the age of
fourteen, regardless of nationality and regardless of immigration
status. Aliens were fingerprinted and filled out a two-page form.
Each set of forms were serially numbered and sent to the INS for
statistical coding, indexing, and filing. Once the AR-2 had been
processed, the AR-3, or Alien Registration Receipt Card(ar3), was
torn off and mailed to the registered alien. The alien then
carried the Alien Registration Receipt Card to show compliance
with the law. They are gold-mines of information!
How to get them: Early registrations (July 1940-April 1944, with
A-numbers below 12,000,000) are on microfilm in INS custody,
searchable by name, date of birth, and place of birth. These
records are subject to the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act.
To obtain records submit form # 639 to INS, FOIA/PA Section, 425
I Street NW, Room #5144. Wash, D.C. 20536 and a copy to the local
INS office having jurisdiction (in NYC: 26 Federal Plaza, New
York, NY 10278.
Phyllis (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Wilton & Savannah
Searching KRAMER, WISNER, BEIM >from JASIENICA, Galicia
STECHER, TRACHMAN, FEIR, KORNREICH >from ZMIGROD,Galicia
LINDNER, MAUER, BERLIN, EICHEL >from ROHATYN, Galicia and YASI
SCHEINER, KANDEL, SCHIMMEL >from Strzyzow, Dubieko,Galicia
I want to add something to the reply to Meryl Persky's question about
What the INS sent was the complete 'A' File for the people in question.
That is supposed to include all the documents on the person beginning with
the Alien Registration, and including ( if the person was later
naturalized) the declaration of intention and final petition for
naturalization, and the arrival certificate that documented the legal entry
into the U.S.
When I sent for my grandmother's A File, I also got a copy of the
naturalization certificate itself, and a record of the 1940 FBI check. My
grandmother wasn't naturalized until 1965.
Sue Seales, North Carolina
Yes. My Dad received an alien registration card [green card] upon his arrival
in the US in 1905.
It was renewed - when called for - until he became a citizen.
A copy of his green card was included with copies of his naturalization
papers when I made my request to the INS.
Sylvia Furshman Nusinov
As an immigrant to the United States myself in 1940, I remember having to
fill out an Alien Registration Card either in 1941 or 1942. They were
instituted as a federal measure at that time (Second World War) to get a
handle on resident aliens in the United States. I think I still have my card
stashed away in my safe deposit box, although I have been a naturalized
citizen lo these past fifty years.
Henriette Moed Roth
Los Angeles, California
Joshua Levy <joshualevy@...>
--- Beyesn@aol.com wrote:
Does anyone know anything about Alien Registration Cards and how toI was once told that 25% of the people who immigrated to the US
never naturalized, but that was counting everyone. I suspect Jews
were more likely too, because they were more afraid of being deported.
Naturalization numbers when up during European wars, because people
were afraid that they would be deported, or their governments would
want them back to fight.
My great-grandfather immigrated >from Russia in the late 1880s, butNo: his wife would have become a non-citizen. Seriously! In the
1800s a woman who was a US citizen lost their citizenship if they
married a man who was not. Up until 1922, if memory serves, or
maybe the cut off was 1906: I don't have the paper work right
in front of me.
If anyone know how to track down these old Alien Registration Cards,NARA once sent me the federal paper work to get these. (I had
asked about someone who was an alien during WWII, and that is when
aliens had to register). Maybe WWI, too, but I'm pretty sure that
1942 was the magic year for alien registration.
If it matters, I can dig up the paperwork.
Joshua Levy <email@example.com>
Note: I'm having spam problems at my firstname.lastname@example.org
address, so if that emailbox is full, try email@example.com.
Burt & Sylvia Schreiber <toyman58@...>
I was able to get a copy of the alien registration form for my
grandfather at the county court house in Rockford, Illinois,
and for my father-in-law at the county court house in
St. Paul, Mn. I felt a little thrill to handle these documents
(originals) written by my ancestors so long ago.
Ft Myers, FL
Joy Rich <joyrichny@...>
Information about Alien Registration Cards can be found at
Subject: Alien Registration Cards
From: Beyesn@aol.comGenners -
Re Nadia Woolf's comments on her ancestor
I was surprised to read about Nadia's ancestor having her nationality
revoked because this did not make sense to me. All four of my great
grandparents came >from the Suwalki Lomza areas of North East Poland. They
came over in the 1860's and 1870's. However, these Gubernias had NOT been
part of East Prussia since 1807 when Napoleon absorbed them into his
Congress Kingdom of Poland. Was this ancestor's husband born before 1807?
On the Editorial Board of Suwalki Lomza Interest Group.