Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 13476

District Court (Sixth District : Sevier County) Declarations of intention record books

Dates: 1896-1929.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

To become a citizen of the United States, an individual normally filed a "declaration of intention to become a citizen" at least two years prior to applying for citizenship. The next step was the naturalization hearing at which the candidate and witnesses either made oral statements or filed written petitions and affidavits attesting to the applicant's character, worthiness to become a citizen, and the validity of statements made to the court. If the judge found the applicant eligible to become a citizen, an oath was administered and the individual renounced his former citizenship. At this point a certificate of citizenship was issued documenting the fact. These volumes contain only the declarations of individuals' intentions to become United States citizens in which an applicant vows to later become a U.S. citizen and to renounce his current citizenship.

The first volume contains preprinted forms which have blanks for the insertion of the individual's name, his former sovereign, date, and signatures of the individual and the court clerk witnessing the statement. Beginning in 1906 (with the second volume), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization of the Department of Commerce and Labor (later the Naturalization Service of the U.S. Dept. of Labor) was to furnish the court clerks with the necessary blank forms. The forms were furnished in bound volumes as a court record. Each volume was to be indexed and the declarations numbered consecutively beginning with number 1 in volume 1. Loose sheets were also furnished so the duplicate copy could be given to the declarant and the triplicate copy mailed to the Bureau of Naturalization.

The forms contain blanks for the name and location of the court; the individual's name, age, occupation, color, complexion, height, weight, hair color, eye color, visible distinctive marks, birthplace, birthdate, and current residence; the location from which he emigrated to the United States and the vessel name; his last foreign residence; the name and title of the ruler to whom he would be renouncing allegiance; and the port and date of arrival in the United States.

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Research Note

The location of records between 1902 and 1920 is unknown.

Related Records

Naturalization record books from the District Court (Sixth District : Sevier County), Series 13475, have citizenship records for some of those individuals whose declarations are here.

Record book from the Sevier County (Utah). Probate Court, Series 23908, also includes Sevier county naturalization records.

Certificates of citizenship record books from the District Court (First District), Series 83895, may have citizenship records for other Sevier county residents before statehood.

Declarations of intention record books from the District Court (First District), Series 85113, may have declarations for other Sevier county residents before statehood.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

Processed by A.C. Cone in March 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Each volume includes an index alphabetical by initial letter of declarant's surname.

Indexing Terms

  • Naturalization--Utah--Sevier County.
  • Citizenship--Utah--Sevier County.
  • Declaration of intention--Utah--Sevier County.
  • Utah--Sevier County--Emigration and immigration.

Container List

REEL DATE DESCRIPTION
1 1896-1907 Index
1 1907-1929 1-94