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Naturalization Index card states "Missing Record"...lost cause? #usa #records


Marian
 

Just a possibility, but the missing records may have to do with the 1906 Naturalization Act that went into effect September 27, 1906.  I noticed the case just before Abraham's was dated September 24, 1906.

The new law brought new rules, forms, and fees, and across the country many immigrants rushed to naturalize under the old rules before the new law went into effect.  Under the old rules, a petition could be filed and heard by the court the same day.  The 24th was a Monday, so there were still two full days for any remaining petitions to be heard under the old law.  But maybe the court did not hear all petitions filed before the time ran out?

If so, I don't think the petition would be any good after Sept 26th.  I just read the naturalization regulations and law of 1906 and it goes on at length to explain that declarations filed prior to Sept. 27, 1906, were still good and would never expire.  But it says nothing about petitions except to say all petitions decided by the court after the 26th had to follow the new rules.

It could be that all the missing petitions were heard and granted prior to the new law taking effect and that the new law had nothing to do with it.  But, given the timing, it is also possible those petitions did not get heard/decided by the deadline and became moot.  They should have remained on file but the clerk may have decided to remove them as they had no legal value.  Again, just speculating.

That court's records on FamilySearch only date to late September 1906.  It is possible Abraham filed a new petition in that or another court at a later date.

Marian Smith


Susan&David
 

Ryan:   FamilySearch.org has placed the digitized images on-line of the microfilmed  records from this series of naturalizations.  The film has 360 images. 87 of these consist of a single page with only a Missing Docket note and a name.    #147 (image 354) says: "Missing Dockets  Abraham Kaslik"     
I appears that the original records were damaged or lost  before the index cards were prepared, and before filming.  There must have been a listing in existence whereby the absence of a record could have been determined.

If you have access to FamilySearch.org I can help you find it yourself.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 7/30/2020 12:03 PM, Ryan Cramer via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:
I've found my 2nd great-grandfather (Abraham Kaslick)'s naturalization index card however in the certificate (attached photo) it states "missing record."  
Is this common?  What would be the reason for this record to be missing?
 
Are there other avenues to pursue where I can find this "missing record"?  Abraham Leib Kaslick was born in Odessa, Russia in May 1858.  According to various census records he arrived in the US between 1886-1889 and settled in East Boston.  Thx




David Oseas
 

Apparently, the court misplaced several files before they could be microfilmed.  You can see from this microfilm image -- there is a placeholder for your great-grandfather's file:  https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-894J-B7TY?i=353&cc=2064580&cat=2137048 .  If you change to thumbnail view, you will then see many placeholders for missing folders.

Regards,
David Oseas


Ryan Cramer
 

I've found my 2nd great-grandfather (Abraham Kaslick)'s naturalization index card however in the certificate (attached photo) it states "missing record."  
Is this common?  What would be the reason for this record to be missing?
 
Are there other avenues to pursue where I can find this "missing record"?  Abraham Leib Kaslick was born in Odessa, Russia in May 1858.  According to various census records he arrived in the US between 1886-1889 and settled in East Boston.  Thx