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 Massacusetts 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, but some of the WWII Draft Records for Ohio are online at the National Archives website.
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.
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