Do you research naturalization records? No? Why not? Does the thought of going through paper files in dusty court basements turn you off? Well – I’m here to tell you that it is worth it – and with recent digitization efforts – more and more original documents have been scanned and been made available via microfilm or online.
Some of the larger subscription sites have also made some source documents available – as well as index cards that can lead you to the court that handled the proceedings.
If you wish to get educated first about all of these documents and the naturalization process and how it has changed over time – please read these two terrific summaries:
The U.S. Archives Naturalization Records
FamilySearch’s Wiki entry United States Naturalization and Citizenship
Okay – now that you are educated and know that post-1906 – about 4 awesome documents just drip with great information: Declaration of Intent, Petition for Citizenship or Naturalization, Certificate of Arrival, and the Certificate of Naturalization. Many of the online genealogy websites may not have all of these documents available, but do have index cards that are searchable – which have information regarding the court handling the proceedings. With this information, you might be able to track down some of the source documents.
Below is a list of links to free online naturalization record and index collections for the state:
Note: Some of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. Near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital.
(Updated August 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)
- Atlanta Military Petitions, Atlanta, Georgia, 1918-1924
- Baldwin County Free persons of color Registry, 1832-1864
- Camden County Citizenship Papers 1796-1823 (and to 1840)
- Camden County Citizenship reports and Petitions 1793-1860, and, Naturalization Records 1903-1923
- Chatham County Alien Declarations 1868
- Chatham County Aliens Declarations, 1823-1852
- Chatham County Index to Naturalizations, Superior and Savannah City Courts, 1792-1908
- Chatham County Naturalization and Citizenship Papers, 1852-1910
- Chatham County Oaths of allegiance, 1792-1880
- Chatham County Register of Citizenship, 1801-1851
- Dodge County Naturalization Records 1904-1911
- Fulton County Declarations of Intention Records, 1878-1906
- Georgia Digital Library, Declarations and Naturalization Records and Documents
- Georgia, Eastern District Naturalization Records 1907-1928
- Georgia, Northern District Naturalization Records, 1906-1934
- Georgia, Savannah District Index to Aliens Admitted to Citizenship, 1906-1989
- Georgia, Southern District General Index Books, 1789-1928 ; Minute Books and Bench Dockets, 1789-1870
- Georgia, Southern District Naturalization Records, 1790-1940
- Georgia, Federal Naturalization Records Index to 1950 (excluding Military Petitions)
- Georgia, Minutes of the U.S. Circuit Court 1790-1842 : and Index to plaintiffs and defendants in the circuit Court, 1790-1860
- Georgia, Reconstruction Registration Oath Books, 1867-1868
- Jasper County Miscellaneous Records, 1808-1935
- Muscogee County Petitions for Naturalization 1919
- Oglethorpe County Inferior Court Records 1788-1942
- Rome Military Petitions, 1918
- Rome, Naturalization Records, 1907-1928
- Savannah Naturalization Records, ca. 1790-1861
- Troup County Naturalizations Database Index
- White County Petitions for Naturalization, 1909 and 1914
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
For other Free Georgia Links, click on the category of interest:
Probate and Wills