Next, you will search in the Library's online catalog to find the SAM (Minnesota Historical Society State Archives Microfilm) call number for the record.
To search the catalog:
Next, with the State Archives Microfilm (SAM) call number and reel number(s) in hand, you will head over to the Hubbs Microfilm room.
The staff will help you locate the reels of film and get you set up on a machine so you can search for the document. We have microfilm printers and a scanner/printer so that you can make copies.
Through Interlibrary Loan
Contact your local library and make sure that they have a microfilm reader so that you can view the materials when they arrive. Then, ask to borrow the reels through interlibrary loan. Depending on your library, there may be a small charge associated with this service.
Use our Research Service
If you prefer that we do the research for you, you can order copies of naturalization records through our Naturalization Record Request research service.
Alien - A citizen of one country living in another country
Alien Registration - One of several efforts by state or federal governments to record information about all non-citizens, conducted during World War I and World War II
Declaration of Intent - First step to legal citizenship in the U.S., requiring the alien to declare his true intent to become a citizen and renounce his previous loyalties; also called "First Papers"
Derivative Citizenship - When a person's citizenship status is based on that of another person (children from their parents, for example).
Naturalization - Process by which an alien becomes a citizen
Petition for Naturalization - Final naturalization step in the U.S., requiring a formal application for legal citizenship ; also called "Final Papers"
Records of Naturalization and Oaths of Allegiance - Document that grants U.S. citizenship; also called the "Certificate of Naturalization"
SoundEx - An indexing system that allows simultaneous searching for names that sound similar, but are spelled differently
Visa - Official document allowing a non-citizen to enter the country, issued by U.S. embassies or consulates
Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library
Located on the Second Floor of the Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday to Wednesday: Closed