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The Certificate of Arrival for Damian Niedzialkowski – 1935

As part of his Petition for Naturalization, Damian Niedzialkowski was required to show that he had arrived in the United States legally. To do this, the U.S. Department of Labor produced a Certificate of Arrival that detailed his entry into the United States. Continue reading

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The Declaration of Intent of Damian Niedzialkowski – 1935

My Niedzialkowski ancestors lived in Worcester, Massachusetts, and so did two other Niedzialkowski families. After discovering church records in Poland and various civil records in Worcester, I’ve hypothesized that all the Niedzialkowski families in Worcester are related to my own. Continue reading

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Naturalizations in Albany County, New York

Back in October, Gayl Dandurand sent me an email to tell me about the Naturalization Index available through the Albany County, New York Hall of Records. The naturalization records indexed on this site are only for Albany County, New York, but … Continue reading

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Stephania Meleski's Petition for Naturalization

Great Aunt Stephania became of citizen of the United States on March 2, 1944.  By law, she had to complete the naturalization process between two and seven years after filing her Declaration of Intention.  She had filed her Declaration on November 25, … Continue reading

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The Triplicate Copy of the Declaration of Intention

After finding the Original Copy of Great Aunt Stephania’s Declaration of Intention, I moved from the microfilms labeled Naturalization – Declaration of Intention to the films labeled Naturalization – Petition and Record Book. Continue reading

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Stefania Chmielewska's Declaration of Intention

After I found the Naturalization Index Card for my Great Aunt Stephania, I looked up her Declaration of Intention on a microfilm that contained images of the Original of the three copies of the Declaration that were prepared.  The Original … Continue reading

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The Surprise – A Change of Name

While looking for the Naturalization Index Card for my great aunt Stephania Meleski, I happened to look at the very next card after the Naturalization Index Card and found the following card:   Change of Name for Stefania Chmielewski Click … Continue reading

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Stephania Meleski's Naturalization Index Card

While looking for my grandmother, Helen Niedzialkowski, in the Naturalization Index, I thought I’d also look for her sister, Stephanie Meleski.  I found the record on the same roll of microfilm as the record for Helen. Index Card for the Naturalization of … Continue reading

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Helen Niedzialkowski in the Naturalization Index

My grandmother, Helen Niedzialkowski, became a citizen of the United States on June 12, 1953, forty years after she arrived in the country.  I’m not sure what inspired her to become a citizen after all those years, especially since her … Continue reading

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Mary Golinski's Petition for Naturalization

Great Aunt Mary’s birthdate is either January 12, 1884 or March 12, 1887, depending on whether one consults the documents generated prior to her immigration or the documents generated after her arrival in the United States. One nagging question, however, is:  … Continue reading

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