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INDEX TO CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROBATE COURT NATURALIZATION RECORDS, 1859-1901
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This index, arranged alphabetically by surname, and dating from 1859-1901, provides access to the naturalization records preserved by the Cuyahoga County Probate Court in three sets of volumes: Declaration of Aliens (DOA) (16 volumes); Declaration of Alien Minors (DOAM) (8 volumes); and the Naturalization Book (NB) (26 volumes). Those interested in additional information regarding the naturalization process, particularly as administered during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States, should read the Cuyahoga County Archives' information sheet "Tracing an Immigrant Ancestor through the Naturalization Records in the Cuyahoga County Archives."

The index contains eleven columns or data fields that include the name of the volume indexed, the volume number and page number, the surname, first name, middle name, country of origin, the date of arrival, the date of declaration (date that the declaration or "first paper" was filed), and the date of naturalization. The database also includes a "Record Problem" column that many contain additional information useful to the researcher. Spelling variations for a first name are listed here, while surname spelling variations are noted with a "see also" reference. Records that are incomplete or that have been identified as void are so marked.

For naturalizations recorded in the NATURALIZATION BOOK (NB) volumes 25 or 26, a reference to a petition number may be listed. In a few cases this column may provide a clarification or correction to the data that was recorded in the original records. Finally, missing pages are noted in this column. Researchers should be aware that not all immigrants made application for citizenship in the Probate Court, as some sought naturalization in the Court of Common Pleas and in the U.S. District Court. The County Archives preserves the Common Pleas naturalization records and you should contact the Archives for a search of available indexes to those documents. The records from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio are preserved by the National Archives and Records Service-Great Lakes Region in Chicago, Illinois.

When requesting a copy of a Probate Court naturalization document from the Archives you should provide the following information: the person's name, date of declaration and/or date of naturalization, and the reference to the relevant volume, by name, e.g. DOA, DOAM, NB, and to the appropriate volume and page numbers. Persons can communicate with the Archives by mail, or visit in person, at 2905 Franklin Blvd. N.W. Cleveland, Ohio 44113; or they can make a request by telephone (216) 443-7250, fax communication (216) 443-3636, or by e-mail, archive@cuyahogacounty.us.

Our thanks and appreciation to the Cuyahoga County Archives and their volunteers

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