New York, Southern District, U.S. District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 is a free collection at FamilySearch with an index and images of naturalization records in NY.

 

The Southern District had jurisdiction over the following counties:

Bronx
Columbia
Dutchess
Greene
New York (Manhattan)
Orange
Putnam
Rockland
Sullivan
Westchester
Ulster

This naturalization index can be searched by First Name, Last Name, or Naturalization Place.

 

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What information will this Naturalization Index provide?
 
New York naturalization records may include:
Before 1906, the information recorded on naturalization records differed widely and often didn’t mention the immigrant’s town of origin or parents’ names. These records may contain:

  • Arrival date and port of entry
  • Name and age of immigrant
  • Age of immigrant
  • Current residence of immigrant
  • Country of origin or allegiance

 
In 1906, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization was created and later renamed Immigration and Naturalization Services or INS. Some results included standardized forms throughout the country and copies of naturalization papers sent to the INS in addition to the court keeping a copy. Naturalization records after 1906 contain more detailed information about the immigrants and their families. The INS is now known as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
 
Possible information given in post-1906 naturalization records include:

  • Name of declarant
  • Date of Declaration of Intent
  • Age and occupation of declarant
  • Physical description of declarant
  • Declarant’s date and place of birth
  • Declarant’s marital status
  • Spouse’s name
  • Spouse’s date and place of birth
  • Names of children
  • Children’s dates and places of birth
  • Date of arrival and port of entry
  • Name of ship
  • Departure date and port of departure
  • Current U. S. residence
  • Last foreign address

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