Naturalization: Where are the documents?
Naturalization is a voluntary process that enables an alien to become an American citizen. Naturalization documents after 1906 reveal dates and places of birth, immigration details, and relatives’ names; and photographs were required after 1924! This talk will cover the history of naturalization in the U.S., the four documents produced, derivative citizenship for women and children, the many federal, state and county courts involved, and using clues from censuses and passenger manifests to locate naturalizations online and in archives. A former business consultant for IBM and now JewishGen’s VP of Education, Phyllis received IAJGS’s 2011 Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of her role in establishing JewishGen’s Learning Center.