US (Community Project), Texas—Naturalization Records, Federal Courts, 1906–1985


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 a previous image in the same batch, or is unreadable, select the corresponding option from the list. If the image does not contain naturalization information, including the name of a naturalized individual, 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

Click here to see an example: No Extractable Data Image

Surname

Surname

Index only the name of the principal (the main person listed on the record). Do not index any other names that may have been recorded, such as the names of parents, spouse, or children.

The surname was often written before the given names. Be sure to type the parts of the name 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 was listed 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 this field as Broski Or Browzowski Or Brzozowski.

Name variations were often noted at the bottom of naturalization records, with the name variation written above the signature of the principal and prefaced by a notation such as "Name Changed from." Be sure to examine the record carefully for name variations, and index all name variations in the proper name fields.

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: Patronaggio Or Flores

Given Names

Given Names

Index only the name of the principal (the main person listed on the record). Do not index any other names that may have been recorded, such as the names of parents, spouse, or children.

The given names were usually written after the surname. Be sure to type the parts of the name 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 was listed 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 this field as Georgios Or George.

Name variations were often noted at the bottom of naturalization records, with the name variation written above the signature of the principal and prefaced by a notation such as "Name Changed from." Be sure to examine the record carefully for name variations, and index all name variations in the proper name fields.

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 include 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: Carol Ann

Age

Age

Index only full years. If fractions of years were recorded, round down to the nearest full year.

If multiple ages were recorded on the card, index only the age when the person was naturalized.

If a birth year was recorded but not the age, do not calculate the age based on the birth year and the naturalization year.

If the age 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: 24

Place of Birth or Nationality

Place of Birth or Nationality

Click here for examples of how to index this field.

Type the locality, nationality, or race written in the column or field for place of birth or nationality. If information was given for both place of birth and nationality, then index the information recorded for the place of birth.

Type the term or terms as they were written. Do not correct misspellings or expand abbreviations. Do not index punctuation, except hyphens and apostrophes when they were written on the document as part of the name. (Note that this instruction is different from the standard instruction in the Basic Indexing Guidelines and most other indexing projects.)

If no locality, nationality, or race was recorded in the column or field for place of birth or nationality, press Tab to skip this field.

Click here to see an example: Lohne Germany

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 image. If you still cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

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

If the year 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: 1975

Event Year

Event Year

Type the most recent year that was written on the record, but do not index the birth year in this field.

If only a two-digit number was recorded, you may be able to determine the four-digit year from other data on the image. If you cannot determine the full four-digit year, type what was written on the record.

If an event year 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: 1951

Naturalization City

Naturalization City

Type the name of the city where the naturalization took place.

If the 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. Use the lookup list for assistance. If you are not sure what the abbreviation stands for, index what was written, excluding punctuation.

On preprinted forms, enter the naturalization city only if it was recorded in the title of the card or in the location of court field. Do not assume the naturalization city from information in other areas of the card.

If the 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: Dallas