CGSI Quarterly Meeting - March 2010

Tom Rice presented; Becoming an American: Naturalization – the process,the law and the records.

                       Ginger Simek
                        Ginger Simek, president of CGSI, welcomed the
                        attendees to the March 2010 Quarterly Meeting

                       Al Kranz
Al Kranz discussed the St. Paul, MN Archdiocese church record project. The searchable database is an index of church records of baptisms, marriages and deaths provided to assist the researcher in rapidly locating relatives and ancestors. Records are only from those churches known to have had a large numbers of Czech and Slovak (often Polish) parishioners. Volunteers are currently transcribing microfilm to the database. More volunteers are needed to assist with this project. If you would like to assist, please contact Al at

                       Kathy Jorgenson
                   Kathy Jorgenson introducing the presenter Tom Rice.
           Kathy is responsible for arranging our CGSI Quarterly Meetings

                       Tom Rice
The presenter Tom Rice, CG (Certified Genealogist) is a professional genealogist offering research, consulting and instructional services focusing on the Upper Midwest, Ireland and Scotland.

Our immigrant ancestors became Americans – somehow. In this lecture Tom took a look at the laws and processes that made that possible and the records that were created along the way. We learned where to find these records and what they can tell us about our family’s history.

There were many variations for Naturalization. The route many immigrants followed was to first declare their intention to become a citizen by filling out a Declaration of Intention. This was followed by their filling out a Petition for Naturalization . After September 1906 they were given a Certificate of Naturalization after taking an oath of allegiance. Generally children under 21 became citizens when parents were naturalized. Married women had various routes to citizenship. Census records may be a valuable source of information for birthdates, birthplaces, arrival dates.

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