Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 26662

District Court (Fifth District : Iron County) Declaration of intention record book

Dates: 1907-1929.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

To become a citizen of the United States, an individual normally filed a "declaration of intention to become a citizen" at least two years prior to applying for citizenship. The next step was the naturalization hearing at which the candidate and witnesses either made oral statements or filed written petitions and affidavits attesting to the applicant's character, worthiness to become a citizen, and the validity of statements made to the court. If the judge found the applicant eligible to become a citizen, an oath was administered and the individual renounced his former citizenship. At this point a certificate of citizenship was issued documenting the fact. These volumes contain recorded copies of the declarations of individuals' intentions to later become United States citizens and to renounce current citizenship. The first forms contain little more than the declarant's name and native country, but forms after 1906 contain more detailed information about both the individual and his family.

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Related Records

Naturalization petition book from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 26661, includes lists of naturalization petitions granted or denied by the court.

Citizenship certificate stubs from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 26667, contains stubs for certificates of citizenship issued by the court to newly naturalized citizens.

Custody History

This books was originally transferred to the State Archives from the court in 2007. It was transferred to the regional repository at Southern Utah University in November 2009.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas and Emily Gurr in May 2008 as part of a NHPRC grant project designed to preserve the historic records of Utah's Fifth District Courts.

Indexing Terms

Container List

REEL VOLUME DESCRIPTION
1 1 1907-1929