In the early years of homesteading in the Dakotas,
arriving in the United States filed naturalization papers as an
integral part of applying for a homestead land grant.
The United States
government required homestead applicants to present evidence that they
were United States citizens or had applied for citizenship.
Naturalization papers consist of two sets of documents
- Declaration of Intention - also known as first
- Petition for Naturalization - also known as
second or final papers.
The initial declaration of intention usually
preceded the formal
Petition for Naturalization to become a United States citizen by two or
RRVGS is able to
research the naturalization records of North Dakota Counties listed
above. Please send us the name of your ancestors (include any last name
changes; for example many Norwegian's chose a new last name after they
arrived in America) , the approximate date of arrival in United States
and whether or not North Dakota was his first destination, Include any
information that you know about their place(s) of residence as they may
have moved between Declaration and Petition.
RRVGs fee for research is $5 for the Declaration of
Intention and another $5 for Petition for Naturalization.
Please note that research time is involved in locating both of these
documents, as they are not recorded together.
IF NOT USING PAYPAL ABOVE, MAIL REQUEST AND PAYMENT
Please mail your request, your payment, and a
self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Red River Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 9284
Fargo, ND 58106-9284
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