District Court (Fourth District) Certificates of citizenship record books
Dates: i 1894-1896.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
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. This volume contains copies of certificates of citizenship issued to newly naturalized United States citizens.
The volume contains preprinted forms which briefly summarize the naturalization hearing and contain blanks for the date, individual's name, previous country and kingdom, current county of residence, the individual's signature, and the clerks' signature as witness:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TERRITORY OF UTAH, COUNTY OF WEBER
Be it Remembered, That on the _______ day of _______ in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety _______, _______ late of _______, in the Kingdom of _______, at present of _______, in the Territory aforesaid, appeared in the Fourth Judicial District Court of the United States, in and for Utah Territory, and applied to the said Court to be admitted to become a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, pursuant to the directions and requirements of the several Acts of Congress in relation thereto. And the said _______ having thereupon produced to the Court such evidence, made such declarations and renunciation, and taken such oaths as are by the said Acts required; thereupon it was ordered by the said Court the said _______ be admitted, and he was accordingly admitted by the said Court to be a CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Signature __________________________________ CLERK
ATTEST: ___________________________ By ________________________ DEPUTY CLERK
Declarations of intention record books from the District Court (Fourth District), Series 85169, contain declarations filed in the same court, perhaps for some of the same individuals whose certificates were later entered here.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Gaps in Series
The location of any citizenship certificates from the fourth district court's creation in 1892 until 1894 is unknown.
This volume was transferred to the Archives and scheduled by Pat Scott in 1989. Archivally processed by A.C. Cone the same year.
- Emigration and immigration—Utah.
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