See below for frequently asked questions about these records
Naturalization Records from Queens County start in 1795 and end in 1952. In Bronx County, they begin in 1914 and end in 1952.
Bronx County was the final borough formed in New York City, and the last of the 62 counties created by New York State. Bronx County Courts opened for the first time on January 2, 1914.
The National Archives and Records Administration states that " All INS records are now overseen by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS maintains duplicate copies of court records (including the certificate of citizenship) created September 27, 1906-March 31, 1956 within Certificate Files (C-Files). Beginning April 1, 1956, INS began filing all naturalization records in a subject’s Alien File (A-File). Additional information can be found on the National Archives website.
Naturalization Records can be searched in many ways. In addition to searching by first and/or last name, you can narrow your search by including the Country of Origin, the Year of Arrival to the United States, the County of Residence upon completing the naturalization process and the Petition or Declaration Number of the naturalization record. The more information entered, the more accurate your search results will be.
Your local library may have reading material that can help you with your ancestry search. There are also online resources that can help you locate Naturalization Records. The Italian Genealogical Group has a searchable database that covers much of New York and New Jersey, as well as Puerto Rico. The German Genealogy Group maintains a similar searchable database.
Queens County Clerk
88-11 Sutphin Boulevard, Room 106
Jamaica, NY 11435
Records can be viewed digitally at the Queens County Clerk's Office. The Queens County Clerk maintains naturalization records from 1795 through 1956. Records may include the following: Certificate of arrival, Declaration of Intention and a Petition.
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Bronx County Clerk
851 Grand Concourse, Room 118
Bronx, NY 10451
The Bronx County Clerk maintains naturalization records from 1914 through 1956. Records may include the following: Certificate of arrival, Declaration of Intention and a Petition.
851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York 10451, United States
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