Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 84156

District Court (Fourth District : Wasatch County) Naturalization record books

Dates: i 1896-1935.

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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 documentation of the final steps of becoming a United States citizen. They include petitions for naturalization, certificates of citizenship, and accompanying documentation.

The first volume contains only certificates of citizenship. Each form gives the date, applicant's name, former town and country, current residence, and a standardized summary that the applicant had conformed to the legal requirements of producing necessary evidence and taking the necessary oaths. The judge then signed admitting the applicant as a citizen.

By late 1903, the preprinted application forms consisted of an applicant's affidavit and witness affidavits, as well as a certificate of citizenship. The applicant's affidavit gave his name, birthplace, sovereign, date and court where he had declared his intention to become a citizen, and date of entrance to the United States. Occasionally, the original declaration of intention is filed in the book as documentation. The affidavit included an oath of renunciation of allegiance to his former sovereign and a declaration that the applicant is not insane, epileptic, a pauper, beggar, contagious, a felon, guilty of moral turpitude, a polygamist, anarchist, or pimp. The affidavits of two witnesses confirmed the applicant's statements and declared his worthiness to become a citizen. A copy of a certificate of citizenship form was then completed reiterating this information and ordering his admittance as a citizen.

After 1906, courts were required to use pre-printed forms in volumes furnished by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization of the Department of Commerce and Labor. The volumes from 1906 to 1935, when the court relinquished jurisdiction, are held by the agency. A microfilm copy can be located in series 10146, DECLARATIONS OF INTENTION AND NATURALIZATION RECORD BOOKS.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Related Records

Declarations of intention and naturalization record books from the District Court (Fourth District : Wasatch County), Series 10146, contains a copy of these same naturalization records for 1896-1906 as well as declarations of intention filed in this court.

Declaration of intention record books from the District Court (Fourth District : Wasatch County), Series 10149, contain the original declarations of intention filed with this court, including some for those individuals whose naturalizations are recorded here.

Certificates of citizenship record books from the District Court (First District), Series 83895, record naturalizations prior to statehood in 1896. Wasatch County was in the 1st judicial district from 1862-1896.

Declarations of intention record books from the District Court (First District), Series 85113, record declarations filed prior to statehood in 1896. Wasatch County was in the 1st judicial district from 1862-1896, so the declarations may include those for some of the individuals whose naturalizations are filed here.

Citizenship certificate stubs from the District Court (Fourth District : Wasatch County), Series 85182, log the naturalizations recorded here after 1906 and act as an index to these naturalizations.

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

The series was partially microfilmed in 1981, and the paper copy for 1903-1906 acquired in 1989. Archival processing was done by A.C. Cone in 1989. A second reel of film filmed by the Wasatch County clerk in 1991 was determined to belong to a new series (10146) rather than being part of this because the reel also included declarations of intention. An electronic index was completed in 1999.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The volumes have incomplete indices at the beginning. Entries are alphabetic by the first letter of the petitioner's surname. A complete index is available electronically. View index.

Indexing Terms

  • Naturalization--Utah--Wasatch County.
  • Emigration and immigration--Utah--Wasatch County.
  • Citizenship--Utah--Wasatch County.
  • Immigrants--Utah--Wasatch County.

Container List

REEL BOX DESCRIPTION
1 N/A 1896-1902
1 1 1903-1906