Who vouched for your ancestor when he naturalized? Not all naturalization records mention someone who vouched for your ancestor’s residency and character, but some do. Keep in mind that this person could have been an associate of your ancestor or even a relative by birth or marriage.

And the person vouching for your ancestor could have been an immigrant himself–but would have had to have been a citizen in order to vouch for your ancestor.

All clues.



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  1. My 1x Great Grandfather can from Lithuania [possible in steerage].

    His WWI Application “tells” me he was NOT Naturalized up to that point… AND that he came from “Russia”. Lithuania was part of the Russian Empire at the time, many peoples from the area were considered “Russian” or “Polish”. You just “gotta know the territory”.

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