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* Finding the minimum information for naturalization records

To find an individual's place of foreign birth on a naturalization record, you must at least know the individual's full name and approximate date of birth. If you do not have the minimum information to find a naturalization record, you can either:

* Get help finding some of the minimum information by selecting one of the following items,


Birth date

* click the Back button at the top of this window to return to the list of other places where you can find a place of foreign birth, or

* read the paragraphs below for a few additional tips.

Finding naturalization records

When you're checking for naturalization records, make sure that you check with the courts in all locations where your ancestor lived during his or her lifetime. The naturalization process took several years, because individuals first had to file papers of intent, then fill the residency requirement, and then file final papers. This means that the papers that you need may not be located in the area where the individual was living at the time that he or she became a citizen. If you would like help locating different places where the individual may have lived see the topic Places the family has lived.

Finding a country of foreign birth

Try finding out where the individual's parents were married. The mother may have given birth in the same town.

Make sure to check photo albums, scrapbooks, diaries, and family Bibles at home. See the topic Finding information at home for more information. Also check for local histories. See the topic Finding previous research.

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