Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 85177

District Court (Fifth District : Beaver County) Naturalization record books

Dates: i 1896-1940.

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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 standardized certificates of citizenship and any supporting petitions or documentation required.

The first two volumes contain similarly worded certificates recording the applicant's compliance with the procedures. The first volume is for those applicants who entered the country as adults; the second for those who entered as minors. Those who entered as minors were not required to have actually filed declarations of intention to become citizens. The applicant's name and current nationality were noted. The applicant swore that he had filed his intention to become a citizen. Two U.S. citizens testified that the applicant had resided in the territory for a year and in the United States for five years. They further swore that he was of good moral character and attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. The applicant then took an oath to support the U.S. Constitution and renounced allegiance to any foreign sovereign, and particularly to the ruler whose subject he had been. There are a couple entries from 1920 and 1933 which were mistakenly entered in the second volume; the word "obsolete" is written over them. In later volumes, minors and adults used the same forms, with information inserted or stricken as necessary to clarify.

By 1904 preprinted application forms had been introduced. These consisted of an applicant's affidavit and witness affidavits, as well as a certificate of citizenship. The applicant's affidavit gave his name, birthplace, court and date of declaration of intention, sovereign, and date of admission to the United States. 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 preprinted forms in volumes furnished by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization of the Department of Commerce and Labor (later the Naturalization Service of the U.S. Dept. of Labor). Each volume was to be indexed and the petitions numbered consecutively beginning with number 1 in volume 1. A duplicate copy was to be sent to the Bureau of Naturalization. The petitions include the individual's name, residence, occupation, birthdate, and birthplace; the place from which he emigrated, the date, port of arrival, and vessel name; the date on which he declared his intention of becoming a citizen and the name of the court involved; his wife's name, birthplace, and residence; his children's names, birthdates, birthplaces, and residences; and any previous petitions filed. The applicant was also required to take an oath that he was not an anarchist or a polygamist and to renounce his former sovereign. An applicant had to be able to speak English and have resided continuously in the United States for five years and in the state for one year. Also included on the petition form were the affidavit of two citizen witnesses who validated the individual's petition information and declared that he was of good moral character. The printed oath of allegiance and court order admitting the petitioner to citizenship are also included. Later space was added for memoranda of continuances in the proceedings, names of substitute witnesses, and space to record the denial, not just the acceptance, of the petition.

In 1941, the Immigration and Naturalization Service was moved to the U.S. Department of Justice. They also began limiting the number of courts hearing citizenship applications, and residents from Beaver county were henceforth to file in either Iron or Juab county district courts.

Arrangement

Chronological by filing date.

However the first pair of volumes are divided into one volume which records those who entered the U.S. as adults, and the other those who entered as minors.

Related Records

Minute books from the District Court (Fifth District : Beaver County), Series 1394, will also include discussion of these naturalization hearings.

Citizenship certificate stubs from the District Court (Fifth District : Beaver County), Series 24079, constitute a receipt or memorandum of the certificates issued.

Certificates of citizenship record books from the District Court (Fifth District : Beaver County), Series 26628, contains standardized certificates of citizenship and any other supporting records generated as part of the naturalization process.

Declarations of intention record book from the District Court (Second District), Series 85174, are likely to contain records of Beaver County residents prior to statehood.

Certificates of citizenship record books from the District Court (Second District), Series 85175, are likely to contain records of Beaver County residents prior to statehood.

Declarations of intention record books from the District Court (Fifth District : Beaver County), Series 85176, contain declarations recorded by the same court, perhaps for some of the same individuals whose later naturalizations are recorded here.

Naturalization record books from the District Court (Fourth District : Juab County), Series 85178, may include Beaver County residents after 1940.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

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 first two volumes were microfilmed in 1966 by the LDS Genealogical Society. Archival processing by A.C. Cone was completed in 1989. The inventory was updated after additional volumes were located and microfilmed in 2002.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The volumes have indices at the beginning. Entries are alphabetic by the first letter of the petitioner's surname. Other: A Research Guide to Naturalization records is available.

Indexing Terms

  • Naturalization records--Utah--Beaver County.
  • Emigration and immigration--Utah--Beaver County.
  • Citizenship--Utah--Beaver County.

Container List

REEL DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1896-1902 Adult entrants
1 1896-1900 Minor entrants
2 1904-1906 Naturalization Record Book
3 1907-1928 1-37
3 1932-1940 38-44