World Archives Project: Dutchess County, New York, Naturalization Records, 1932-1989

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About this project This collection contains Petitions for Naturalization from which data will be keyed.  The collection also contains other documents from which no data will be keyed. The major portion of the documents are typewritten, and the requested fields to be keyed are easily identified.  For these reasons the project difficulty level is Easy.

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Project Instruction

This collection contains Petitions for Naturalization and other documents pertaining to the petitions. Only the Petition for Naturalization document will be keyed. The Petition for Naturalization is usually only one image; however, there are some which span two images.

The Petition for Naturalization form type will be used for the main Petition for Naturalization document, and the Petition Date form type will be used for any second pages of the petition for naturalization. The only fields which will be keyed from the second pages of the naturalizations are the Petition Date (Petition Month, Petition Day, Petition Year) fields. An example image for the only page acceptable as a Petition Date form type can be viewed by clicking on the "See Example" link.

The Index form type is provided to capture the index images known to be in this collection.

All other documents should be classified as a "Cover Page, Section header, etc" form type. This includes Declarations of Intentions and Arrival certificates.

Note: This project has some reels that were accidentally included that have have nothing to do with naturalization and are from another county. Please cancel these, and select "this image has problems." Write "not part of project" as the explanation.

This project also has petitions earlier than 1932. These ARE part of the project and should be keyed normally.

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Project-specific sample images and form field help:

Choose a sample image from below to see the corresponding form field examples.
Petition Date
Petition for Naturalization
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Petition Date

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This form type is for the second image of some Petition for Naturalization form types.  Only the Petition Date will be keyed from these images. Normally, "Affidavit of Witnesses" will appear at the top.

The date used on this image would be 15 December 1948.

Petition Month

Key the Petition Month from the petition date found in the "Affidavits of Witnesses" or "When Oath Administered by Clerk" sections of the petition.  The date usually follows the line "Subscribed and sworn to before me...."  Key the full spelling of the month or select the month from the drop-down list.  To activate the drop-down list, key the first letter of the month.
See Example

Petition Day

Key the Petition Day from the petition date found in the "Affidavits of Witnesses" or "When Oath Administered by Clerk" sections of the petition.   The date usually follows the line "Subscribed and sworn to before me...."
See Example

Petition Year

Key the Petition Year from the petition date found in the "Affidavits of Witnesses" or "When Oath Administered by Clerk" sections of the petition.   The date usually follows the line "Subscribed and sworn to before me...."   The year must be either two or four digits.  Key the digits as seen.
See Example

Petition for Naturalization

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This form type is for images with "Petition for Naturalization" at the top.

Petition Number

Key the Petition Number found at the top of the document following the abbreviation "No." or the words "Petition No".
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Prefix

Key any titles before the given name, such as "Dr", "Rev", "Mr" or "Mrs".
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Given

Key the Given name (first name or initial and any middle names or initials) of the primary person to whom the record pertains.
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Surname

Key the Surname (family name) of the primary person to whom the record pertains.
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Suffix

Key all titles, such as "Jr" or "III", following the surname of the primary person to whom the record pertains.
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Alias Given

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for the primary individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the word "nee" or "formerly". On these petition forms an alias name can be found in parentheses following the primary name, on the line "I request that my name be changed to", or on the line "under the name of".  Key the Alias Given name in this field.
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Alias Surname

Occasionally an alternate name may be recorded for the primary individual. This name may be denoted by parentheses, quotation marks, or may be preceded by the word "nee" or "formerly". On these petition forms an alias name can be found in parentheses following the primary name, on the line "I request that my name be changed to", or on the line "under the name of".  Key the Alias Surname in this field.
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Current Residence

Key the Current Residence found on the "My place of residence is" or "My present place of residence is" line.  Do not key addresses or street names.  For example, if the residence is given as "150 Mansion St, Pokeepsie Dutchess Co N.Y." key as "Pokeepsie, Dutchess Co, NY". There are many variations of Poughkeepsie shown on these documents. Key as seen. Use commas to separate city, county and state.
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Birth Month

Key the Birth Month from the birth date found on the line "I was born".  Key the full spelling of the month or select the month from the drop-down list.  To activate the drop-down list, key the first letter of the month.
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Birth Day

Key the Birth Day from the birth date found on the line "I was born".
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Birth Year

Key the Birth Year from the birth date found on the line "I was born". The year must be either two or four digits.
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Birth City

Key the Birth City if found on the document following the primary name. Sometimes there is a specific field on the document calling out the location as "city".  This specific field is called out by "City or town" appearing below the line where the birth city is typed/written.
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Birth County

Key the Birth County if found on the document following the primary name. Sometimes there is a specific field on the document calling out the location as "county". This specific field is called out by "County, district, province, or state" appearing below the line where the birth county is typed/written.
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Birth State

Key the Birth State if found on the document following the primary name.  Sometimes there is a specific field on the document calling out the location as "state".  This specific field is called out by "County, district, province, or state" appearing below the line where the birth state is typed/written.
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Birth Country

Key the Birth Country if found on the document following the primary name, using the dictionary for assistance. If the Birth Country is not in the dictionary, key as seen.  Sometimes there is a specific field on the document calling out the location as "country".  This specific field is called out by "Country" appearing below the line where the birth country is typed/written. Separate multiple countries with a comma, i.e. Russia Poland would be keyed as Russia, Poland.
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Gender

Key the Gender in full (Male or Female) if found on the document in the personal description section, using the dictionary for assistance.
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Spouse Given

Key the Spouse Given name (first name or initial and any middle names or initials) from the line "the name of my wife or husband is".
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Spouse Surname

Key the Spouse Surname (family name) from the line "the name of my wife or husband is".
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Petition Month

Key the Petition Month from the petition date found in the "Affidavits of Witnesses" or "When Oath Administered by Clerk" sections of the petition.  The date usually follows the line "Subscribed and sworn to before me...."  Key the full spelling of the month or select the month from the drop-down list.  To activate the drop-down list, key the first letter of the month.
See Example

Petition Day

Key the Petition Day from the petition date found in the "Affidavits of Witnesses" or "When Oath Administered by Clerk" sections of the petition.   The date usually follows the line "Subscribed and sworn to before me...."
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Petition Year

Key the Petition Year from the petition date found in the "Affidavits of Witnesses" or "When Oath Administered by Clerk" sections of the petition.   The date usually follows the line "Subscribed and sworn to before me...."   The year must be either two or four digits.  Key the digits as seen.
See Example

Index

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If an image is specifically defined as an index in the project instructions choose the "Index" form type.

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