US, New England—Naturalization Card Index, 1791–1906


Record Fields and Indexing Instructions

Image Type

Image Type

Click in the Image Type field, and then click on the option from the list that best describes the image.

If the image is normal and has information to be indexed, select Normal. Then press Tab or Enter.

If the image is blank, is an exact duplicate of another image, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image contains only the back of a record card, select No Extractable Data Image. Press Tab or Enter, and, on the warning message, click Yes. Continue to the next image. If this is the last image of the batch, submit the batch.

Click here to see an example: Normal

Surname

Surname

Index only the name of the principal (the person whose naturalization it is).

The surname was often written before the given names. Be sure to type names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in the Given Names field.

If an individual’s surname is listed on the naturalization card with various spellings, include all variants, separating each with the word "or."

For example, if a surname was written as "Broski, Browzowski, or Brzozowski," you would index the Surname field as Broski or Brozowski or Brzozowski.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. Do not include punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. Do not expand abbreviations. Type what you see in the document.

If the surname was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Boden

Given Names

Given Names

Index only the name of the principal (the person whose naturalization card it is).

The given names were usually written after the surname. Be sure to type names in the correct fields on the indexing screen. If you cannot determine if a name is a given name or a surname, index it in this field.

If an individual’s name is listed on the naturalization card with various spellings, include all variants, separating each with the word "or."

For example, if a name was written as "Georgios (George)," you would index the Given Name field as Georgios or George.

Do not include titles or terms, such as Miss, Mrs, Sr, Jr, or Mr, with the name. If a name was abbreviated, type it as it was written on the document. Do not type a period after the abbreviation. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name.

If given names were not recorded or were written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark this field as blank.

Click here to see an example: Angelina Alfino

Naturalization State

Naturalization State

Type the state where the naturalization took place.

If the state was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

On pre-printed forms, enter the Naturalization State only if it is recorded in the Title and location of court field. Do notassume the NaturalizationState from other areas of the document. 

If the state was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Vermont

Birth Town or City

Birth Town or City

Type the name of the town or city where the individual was born.

If the town or city was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the town or city was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Oldham

Birth State or Province

Birth State or Province

Type the province where the birth took place.

If the province was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

If the province was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: New Brunswick

Birth Country

Birth Country

Type the country where the birth took place.

If the country was misspelled, spell it correctly. If it was abbreviated, and you can determine what the abbreviation stands for, type the complete name instead of the abbreviation. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

Do not index birth states or provinces in this field, index them in the birth state or province field.

If multiple countries are listed in the Country of birth or allegiance field of the naturalization card, index all countries, separating each with the word "or."

For example, if a birth location was written as "Germany—USA," you would index the Birth Country field as Germany or USA.

If the country was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Italy

Birth Year

Birth Year

Type a four-digit number for the year. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the record. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the age was recorded instead of the birth year, do not index the age in this field, and do not calculate a birth year based on the age that was listed.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1884

Naturalization Year

Naturalization Year

Type a four-digit number for the year of naturalization. If no year or only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the year from other data on the record. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If the naturalization was denied, be sure to still index the naturalization year, if one was recorded.

If the year was not recorded or was written as a variation of the word "unknown," press Ctrl+B to mark the field as blank.

Click here to see an example: 1904