A Few Generalizations About Naturalizations

Some general things to remember about naturalizations in the United States:

  • Before 1906 reform, any US court of record could naturalize.
  • Declarations of Intention may give more personal detail.
  • Minor naturalizations may be filed separately.
  • Homesteaders had to document their naturalization.
  • People give incorrect dates of naturalization in census records.

These are generalizations and broad reminders. The naturalization process changed over time, but should be relatively consistent from state to state as it stems from federal law. The amount of detail can vary from one location to another and over time. This short tip is not meant to replace learning more detailed information about naturalizations and the naturalization process.