District Court (Fourth District : Wasatch County) Declarations of intention and naturalization record books
Dates: i 1896-1935.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
Scope and Content
These volumes document the initial declaration of an individual's intention of becoming a U.S. citizen (1896-1935) and the final steps in becoming a citizen (1906-1935). The latter include petitions for naturalization, certificates of citizenship, and accompanying documentation. After 1906, the data are recorded on forms furnished by the Bureau of Naturalization.
The information on the declarations of intention varied over time, starting with the applicant's name, sovereign, dates, and official signatures, and increasing to include more detail about the origin of the immigrant and family members.
On the petitions for citizenship, detailed personal, family, and emigration data were recorded from 1906 on. On these also were recorded affidavits of two citizen witnesses validating the individual's petition information and declaring he was of good moral character, oaths of allegiance, and the court order admitting the petitioner to citizenship. Various corroborating documents are bound into the volumes along with the petitions, including declarations of intention filed earlier in a variety of courts, certificates of arrival, witness depositions, and occasional correspondence.
Very few of either category of documents were filed in the 1930s, so in 1935 the court relinquished jurisdiction in all naturalization matters, referring individuals instead to the U.S. Circuit Court at Salt Lake City.
Declaration of intention record books from the District Court (Fourth District : Wasatch County), Series 10149, contains the original copies of these same declaration of intention record books.
Naturalization record books from the District Court (Fourth District : Wasatch County), Series 84156, contains the copies of these same naturalization records as well as those books from 1896-1906.
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.
Indexes: The volumes have incomplete indices at the beginning of each. Entries are alphabetical by initial letter of surname,.
- Naturalization—Utah—Wasatch County.
- Immigrants—Utah—Wasatch County.
- Citizenship—Utah—Wasatch County.
Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.