Why these two naturalization cards? #general


Bob Silverstein
 

What is the difference between these two naturalization cards?


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Thanks,
Bob Silverstein
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Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).


Marian
 

The short answer:  Since they are just two different cards indexing largely the exact same records, there is no real difference.  

 

The long answer:  

 

Both index cards are on US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) forms, each a designated part of two separate processes within the same agency--one of which produced an index card for the court.  Those two projects/processes originally had no overlap.  But by 1941 had come to duplicate each other in many ways, and because the two different cards were being used by different people in different locations, they didn’t really see the duplication the way we can today.

The certificate of naturalization number points to the INS/USCIS Naturalization Certificate File (C-File)
The petition number points to the court naturalization record.

One difference:  the court's copy of this index card includes the Alien Registration Number, alerting the researcher to yet another record in USCIS custody.

Marian Smith


Sherri Bobish
 


Bob,

The card with the soundex code B452 in the upper left-had corner is from Index to Naturalization Petitions.

The card with number 5122602 in the upper-right hand corner is from Naturalization Index.  This should refer to the final nat papers.  The "A.R." number in the lower-left corner is his Alien Registration number.

Hope this helps,

Sherri Bobish


Bob Silverstein
 

Thank you Marian and Sherri for explaining this to me.  This led me to USCIS which provided more valuable details.
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Bob Silverstein
bobsilverstein@...
Elk Grove Village, IL

Researching Kaplan (Krynki, Poland) Tzipershteyn (Logishin, Pinsk, Belarus), Friedson/Fridzon (Motol, Cuba, Massachusetts), Israel and Goodman (Mishnitz, Warsaw, Manchester).