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There is a new database on Ancestry.com that has been very helpful to me. It is still in the early stages. I keep finding new people each time I search it. I was told that the numbers written on the Ellis Island manifest, were a naturalization number. Now I have found a record to show this is true. I'm going to give two examples, one of a person who became a citizen and one who did not. This first database I want to tell you about, is a database called, "Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project)" The following record groups are in this database: 1) Connecticut 2) Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa (where my Chicago records have been found) 3) Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont 4) New York 5) Rhode Island
This is the source info on Ancestry.com. Here is the link to the full information page about this database. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 It is being done by volunteers. Here's a paragraph from this page with the embedded links: Ancestry.com. Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations
- Illinois State Genealogical Society Polish Genealogical Society of America Jewish Genealogical Society of Southern Nevada
Here are the two links for Adam Sanetra immigrating to the United States, through Ellis Island. They correspond with the dates on this record:
First time, with Rosalie in 1904:
Here is the second time, in 1923:
If you notice, there are not any numbers by Adam's name. Now here's something that confused me. On the index, it says Adam Sanetra was naturalized on 9 Apr 1926. But he was not. If you look at the fourth page, right above this text, you will see on the 9 April 1926, the court denied him citizenship. Maybe that field really means the date the court decides whether he is a citizen or not? Even if someone is denied citizenship, you can still apply for the application. And you can see from these 4 pages all the important information on this record. There is a number written by Adam, but I'm not sure what it means, on the 1923 record. It is 3-4713. I don't see that number on the index or naturalization paperwork.
So if you look at the index card, upper right corner, there's the number 11-264467. Then if you look at the Ellis Island link of the ship manifest, look at Matilda, which is line 11...after her name, there's 4 smaller boxes, then in the next bigger box is the matching number 11-264467, followed by the date 17 Sep 1940. The index card says date of naturalization was 21 Mar 1941. Maybe the September date was the court date, and the certificate was written and awarded in March? One thing we can see from this record, is that only Tekla, Felicia and Matilda in this family were naturalized. And we have their file numbers. I don't know Tekla and Felicia's married names or marriage dates yet, but I might find them with this number. Although on the 1920 Felix is living with his daughter Felicia and her husband which looks like Lucyan Borejszo, which is how it is indexed. Yet if you look close at the witness on Matilda's record, there is a Felicia living at the same address as Matilda, so she may be the sister remarried? I will keep looking through records to find more on that. On the Ancestry.com database, I was doing searches by the year 1910, when Matilda and her family immigrated. It doesn't show up on the cards, but on the text index (in search results), on Ancestry.com, I searched by the name Felicia, in 1910. I saw several, but none of them had the immigration date of 30 May 1910, which was when Felicia immigrated. This is still a very new database, so I will check back soon.
This is another place naturalization records are listed for Chicago: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/default.aspx, Adam Sanetra is in this database. The Bazarnik's are not. There is a lot of helpful information on this site about the process of naturalization.
There is one thing that throws me off though. It appears Matilda's record and index matching was typical. But there may be exceptions. For example, I didn't see a number on Kasimierz Bazarnik's manifest page. Here is the link to Kasimierz' Ellis Island immigration:
Footnote.com is another site I love and search a lot. It took me a month, paperwork to fill in, and over 20$ to get the record for Adam in this posting. But footnote has these records digitized and available by searching the database. I like footnote's way better! I have seen records in New York and Ohio on footnote.com. They may have more.
I hope this may be of help to someone searching for their ancestors naturalization/citizenship records. There is a lot of valuable information on these records. If you don't find your family in these records, keep checking back. These databases are brand new, and just in the beginning stages. Footnote.com, Ancestry.com, familysearch pilot page (the best for searching Ellis Island records, with direct links to the manifest pages) http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0, are all regularly updating their databases by the millions. The pilot page just added 30 million records last month. The Chicago link I put above is also still in beginning phases.