District Court (Fifth District : Iron County) Declaration of intention record book
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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 recorded copies of the declarations of individuals' intentions to later become United States citizens and to renounce current citizenship. The first forms contain little more than the declarant's name and native country, but forms after 1906 contain more detailed information about both the individual and his family.
Chronological by date.
Naturalization petition book from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 26661, includes lists of naturalization petitions granted or denied by the court.
Citizenship certificate stubs from the District Court (Fifth District : Iron County), Series 26667, contains stubs for certificates of citizenship issued by the court to newly naturalized citizens.
This books was originally transferred to the State Archives from the court in 2007. It was transferred to the regional repository at Southern Utah University in November 2009.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas and Emily Gurr in May 2008 as part of a NHPRC grant project designed to preserve the historic records of Utah's Fifth District Courts.