First Day at the Family History Library

Right now, it’s about noon in Salt Lake City, and I’m writing from the Family History Library (FHL).  My plane was about two hours late last night, and I arrived at the hotel after midnight, but I still managed to get to the FHL before 9 AM this morning.

When I arrived at the FHL, I retrieved the five vault films I had previously ordered, and I ordered an additional five films which should arrive on Monday.  I found what I was looking for in four of the five films.  I found seven relatives, including my grandfather, Michael Danko, in the Massachusetts World War II Draft Registration Cards for men born between April 28, 1877 and February 16, 1897.  By the way, the FHL has the draft records for Massachusetts.

The big find for me, though, was on the fifth film I ordered:  Naturalization Information for my grandfather, Kostanty Niedzialkowski.  The film contained my grandfather’s Certificate of Arrival (showing a date of arrival of 24 May 1910), his Petition for Naturalization (dated 18 Jul 1939, and his Declaration of Intention (dated 27 April 1955).  I already had a copy of his Certificate of Naturalization, dated 1955, but I also previously had a copy of his Declaration of Intention, dated 02 June 1917!  The 1917 Declaration stated that it expired seven years from the date signed, so I guess my grandfather made his Declaration of Intention in 1917, the Declaration expired in 1924, so he made another Declaration in 1955, at which time he actually did become a citizen.

Time for me to get back to my research.  I’ll post some of these records I found, but I probably won’t be able to do that until I get back home next week.

Copyright © 2006 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to First Day at the Family History Library

  1. Cheryl Palmer says:

    Steve, I have read all you have written, I am so jealous, but feel overwhelmed for you too! I have never been to Salt Lake City for genealogy, and will really enjoy following your trip. I am impressed that you are using such valuable time there, to write here! I think being there would be enough for me to handle! So very interesting, so very exciting to find information you were searching for! I am thrilled for you and look forward to hearing more on this trip. Have to explore some more on your site! I am lovin’ it! Have fun and hope you find so much treasure!

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