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New York State Supreme Court of Judicature (Albany) Naturalization Papers

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of documents relating to the naturalization of aliens by the Supreme Court of Judicature or by justices presiding at Circuit Courts. The documents, mostly from Albany County, include the declaration of intention to renounce allegiance to a foreign ruler or state and to become a citizen of the United States; and the petition for naturalization, stating the country of origin and length of residence in the U.S., and requesting to be admitted to citizenship.
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0.2 cubic feet (1 box)
Inclusive Dates:
1799-1812
Series Number:
J5011

Arrangement

Alphabetic by name of petitioner.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of documents relating to the naturalization of aliens by the Supreme Court of Judicature or by justices presiding at Circuit Courts. The documents, mostly from Albany County, include the declaration of intention, in which an alien states his intention to renounce allegiance to a foreign ruler or state and to become a citizen of the United States; and the petition for naturalization, stating the country (sometimes the place) of origin and length of residence in the U.S., and requesting to be admitted to citizenship. The petition is usually accompanied by an affidavit by persons acquainted with the alien, stating that he is of good moral character and has resided in the U.S. the required number of years; and by a copy of the oath of allegiance sworn by the alien. Naturalization of an alien could be performed in any court of record, as directed by an act of the U.S. Congress passed on April 14, 1802. Almost all naturalization proceedings in New York State during the early nineteenth century took place in the old Court of Common Pleas, whose records are maintained by the county clerks.

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Related Materials

Series J0130 New York State Supreme Court of Judicature (Albany) General and Special Term Minute Books, contains final naturalization orders.

Other finding aids

Name index is available at the repository.

Custodial History

The Court of Appeals placed these records on deposit at the Historic Documents Collection, Queens College, from 1973-1982.

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