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Naturalization Records

Minnesota naturalization records can be found at the MN Historical Society, located at 345 Kellogg Boulevard West, St. Paul, MN.

Years ago, the naturalization process used to involve two sets of documents: applicants filled out a Declaration of Intention to become citizens (first papers), and then they received their final papers, where citizenship was granted. In the 1940s, the power of granting citizenship was transferred to the Federal District Courts, and applications were handled by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Today, applications for U.S. citizenship (naturalization) are processed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

It is interesting to note that prior to the 1920s, women became citizens only through their husband or father achieving citizenship status. In 1922, the federal law was changed to allow a wife to get citizenship independently of her husband. Before 1922, the name of a wife or mother did not appear on the naturalization record.


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