All Bronx and Queens naturalization records to be digitized and transcribed up to 1952, through new NARA grant


Good news for people researching New York ancestors:

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) just awarded a grant in their latest cycle to digitize all the Bronx AND Queens naturalization records! All the way up through 1952! Other boroughs and some other areas of New York have these naturalizations online, but not these two, so this would be very welcome.

The grant is to: "Unified Court Systems of New York State to support digitizing and making available freely online over 400,000 naturalization records (1794-1952) from the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx. The project will work with the New York City Public Library’s Queens and Bronx branches and with history students recruited by St. John’s University to transcribe additional metadata."

Full story here:

(A commenter on Facebook astutely noted that NARA's description of the sponsoring organizations may be slightly incorrect, as the Queens Public Library is separate from the New York City Public Library [NYPL].)

This grant is just one of 29 grants that NARA awarded recently, although it's one of the three or four biggest in this cycle. The full list of new records grants is here:

It's interesting to note how many of those smaller grants are going to groups (state councils, historical records advisory boards, etc.) whose total membership is probably *less* than many of the genealogy societies whose members read this listserve. So if you have a project in mind for some sort of unique or valuable or extremely useful records you'd like to see digitized or indexed from your state or city, your JGS might want to seriously think about applying to NARA for grant funding for future years.

- Brooke Schreier Ganz
Mill Valley, California