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 has 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)
- Box Elder County Probate Court Certificates of Citizenship Record Books Index, 1868-1869
- Box Elder County Records, 1856-1960
- Davis County Records, 1869-1953
- Davis County, Naturalization Records, 1896-1939
- Juab County Citizen Certificate Stubs Index, 1908-1928
- Juab County Court Records, 1862-1865
- Piute County, Naturalization Records, 1904
- Salt Lake County Citizenship Certificate Stubs Index, 1907-1925
- Salt Lake County Court Minutes, 1858-1920
- Salt Lake County Naturalization Records, 1851-1936; Indexes, 1858-1980
- Salt Lake County Third District Court Declaration of Intentions, June to December 1876
- Tooele County Records, 1855-1956
- Tooele County, Naturalization Records, 1896-1929
- Uintah County Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1888-1929
- Utah Counties Naturalization Records Indexes
- Utah County Records, 1850-1962
- Utah County Naturalization Index, ca. 1860-1989
- Utah County, Naturalization Records, 1859-1927
- Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930
- Utah Territory Declarations of Intentions to become Citizens, v. B-C, 1872-1893
- Utah Naturalization Records, 1896-1932
- Utah, Fourth District Declarations of Intent Record Books Index, 1878-1995
- Utah, Second District Declarations of Intent Record Book Index, 1874-1895
- Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001
- Wasatch County Naturalization Records, 1896-1924
- Wasatch County, Citizenship Certificate Stubs Index, 1907-1924
- Wasatch County, Naturalization Record Books index, 1896-1906
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
For other Free Utah Links, click on the category of interest:
Probate and Wills