Order Naturalization Records

If you are applying for your Italian Dual Citizenship, the Italian Consulates require certified copies of your Ancestor’s “Naturalization Papers”.  However, more and more Italian Consulates are requiring certified copies of Naturalization Papers issued by the local court where the naturalization took place. If your Ancestor's papers cannot be found, or in fact, he or she did not become a US Citizen, proof of “No Record” is required.

You can order a “Naturalization Record” from us.  We will conduct a thorough research to discover the “papers” and deliver to you certified copies as required by the Italian Consulates.  Further, if no papers can be found, we will gather the necessary “No Record” letters and corresponding certified US Census records for you.  Time frame for completion is between 3 weeks and 9 months, based on the complexity of the situation.

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About the Naturalization Record

As a general rule, Naturalization was a two-step process that took a minimum of 5 years.

1. After residing in the United States for 2 years, an alien could file a "Declaration of Intention" (so-called "First Papers") to become a citizen.

2. After 3 additional years, the alien could "Petition for Naturalization." After the petition was granted, a Certificate of Citizenship was issued to the alien.

These two steps did not have to take place in the same court. A copy of the Petition was kept at the court, and a copy of the Petition and Certificate was sent to the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services, which is now USCIS.  After 1952, the Declaration of Intention was no longer required.

These records include the alien's month and year (or possibly the exact date) of immigration into the United States, the date and place of birth, the occupation as well as the spouse’s name and place of birth, when they were married and their children’s dates and places of birth.

NOTE: wives and minor children were automatically naturalized with their husbands and fathers.