There are microfilms published by the National Archives containing
indexes to naturalization petitions in NYC. The index cards usually
contain a transcription of all the data entered on the petition
itself but it's probably worth getting the petition itself just in case.
One such is "Index to Petitions for Naturalization Filed in Federal,
State, and Local Courts in NY City" (or something like that.) This
one for sure is available from your local LDS (Mormon) Family History
There are also indexes for US District Court for the Southern District
on NY and for the Eastern District of NY (Brooklyn) but I don't know if the
LDS has them. Check their Locality Catalog.
A lot of people ask "Is it worthwhile bothering with such and such?".
I always say yes, because regardless of what is _usually_ on any document
you never can tell for sure until you see it!
At least for entries in the first mentioned index above (which includes
Common Pleas), you can send a photocopy of the index card along with your
check for $6.00 (made payable to "National Archives Trust Fund") to National
Archives - Northeast Region, 201 Varick St, New York, NY 10014 and get a
copy of the petition. (They'll actually do up to three for the same $6.00)
In your case, if the document you possess clearly shows the Volume or Bundle
number and the Page or Record number, you can dispense with the index
photocopy without fear of the NA staff not being able to find it. (You
might want to send a photocopy of the document you have.)
Peggy A Dolan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I have found a certificate stating that, on 9 Oct 1876, my ggfather,
>Bartholomew Peck, appeared in the Court of Common Pleas for the City &
>County of NY & applied to become a citizen.
>I understand that there may be records (his application?) that could help
>me to find out about his parents and his arrival in the US.
>Can someone please tell me how I would go about locating & obtaining
>copies of any such records? Btw, I live in Florida, so can't stop in to a
>library or courthouse in NYC.
>Also, how might I find out if any of my other ancestors applied for
>Thank you for any help or advice.
>Peggy A Dolan
>Researching DOLAN, LACKEY, MILLER, BURKE in Greene County; PECK (PACK),
>TEELING in NYC, other lines. See home page on Family Tree Maker.