Series 30421

District Court (First District : Rich County) Declaration of Intention record books, 1896-1922

0.50 cubic foot

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

Historical Note

See history of the records' creator.

Summary of Records

This series contains bound volumes with forms used to document an individuals intent to become a naturalized citizen. Filing of a "declaration of intention to become a citizen" at least two years prior to applying for citizenship was the first step in the naturalization process. These volumes contain recorded copies of the declarations of individuals' intentions to later become United States citizens and to renounce current citizenship. The earlier 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.

Scope and Content

This series contains bound volumes with forms used to document an individuals intent to become a naturalized citizen. Filing of a "declaration of intention to become a citizen" at least two years prior to applying for citizenship was the first step in the naturalization process. The next step was a 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 declaration date.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Use Restrictions

These records are available for reproduction and use.

Preferred Citation

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

Custody History

The court transferred the records in this series to the State Archives in November 2018.

Acquisition Information

These records were acquired from the creating agency through established retention schedules.

Processing Information

The records in this series were archivally processed by Alan Barnett in May 2023.

Related Material

Naturalization Petition and Record from the District Court (First District : Rich County), Series 30422, contains petitions for naturalizations and associated copies of declarations of intention.
Naturalization Record from the District Court (First District : Rich County), Series 30423, contains copies of certificates of citizenship issued by the court.

Indexing Terms

Container List

BoxDescription
11896 Mar-1904 Jul; Declaration of Intention, Book 1
11906 Dec-1922 May; Record of Declaration of Intention, Vol. 1