Volume 12, No. 5 -
Our Immigrant Ancestors
by Teresa Sullivan
Do you have your immigrant ancestorís naturalization record? If the naturalization occurred before 1906, the record is quite simple. It simply says that your ancestor renounced his allegiance to his birth country and pledged his allegiance to the United States of America.
After 1906, the forms changed and a lot of information on the immigrant, his wife and children were added. His date of birth, country of birth, date of immigration, port of arrival and method of arrival, namely ship name or railroad if coming from Canada were listed. The immigrantís wife and children automatically became citizens based on the fatherís allegiance. However, single women and widows could apply for citizenship on their own. It was not necessary to obtain citizenship on any timely basis and many immigrants were in the US many years before applying.
In October 2010, a group of people decided to do some indexing from Lancaster County records housed at Un-ion College Library in Lincoln. Having lived in Lancaster County all my life, a lot of these immigrant names are well known to me. In addition to the indexing, Jim and Jane Michel who are DCHS members have taken digital pictures of over 1000 of these records and supporting documents. Hopefully in a few months these records will be available to the public for a small charge.
Here are some records that will probably interest some DCHS members.
# of Children
Johann Wilhelm Jarms
Harry Newman Safford
Gerrit Jan TeSelle
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