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Can't find the naturalization record? Try old newspapers

This just in from Tom Kemp:

You know that your great grandfather was naturalized but can not seem to find out where it happened to locate the records. In sifting through old newspapers I've found that there are a lot of articles about people being naturalized.

Articles that give the details we are looking for. These articles are so common that they could be just what you need to know – giving the when and where your great grandfather was naturalized.

To illustrate the point GenealogyBank.com has put a few examples up at: www.GenealogyBank.com/free

These articles were taken from www.GenealogyBank.com

"Large Class to be Naturalized – Aliens From Fourteen Nations Will Get Final Citizenship Papers Here Tuesday" – reads the headline of the 28 August 1922 Ft. Wayne (IN) News Sentinel. The article then goes on in detail to name all 43 future citizens and the countries that they came from. Great stuff.

Another article I spotted was published in the 5 May 1881 Dallas (TX) Weekly Herald. It was titled: "A Woman Naturalized" and is about Mrs. Collette Vandenbasch, widow of the late G. J. Vandenbasch. According to the article her husband had started the naturalization process on 6 August 1860 by filing his papers with the Dallas County Clerk. He died in 1868. They were citizens of Belgium and when he died, he left "considerable" property there. It was not for another 13 years that Mrs. Collette Vandenbasch was able to complete the process started by her late husband and become a citizen of the U.S.

You never know what you will find in these old newspapers.

To see a few original articles giving the names and details of individuals being naturalized see: www.GenealogyBank.com/free

It is a great day for genealogists.


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