Howard County, Indiana
Naturalization Petitions & Records
Three Naturalization Service PETITION AND RECORD books covering 1918-1929 were recently discovered at the Howard County Court House. Before the three volumes were sent to the Indiana State Archives, Marcia Ford head of the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library visited the Court House and captured each page using a digital camera; the images were then uploaded into the Howard County Memory Project.
To browse the previously “lost” record books, click on the titles at the right.
During the years covered by these three record books, the Naturalization procedure began with the filing of a declaration of intention, and then within a period of two to seven years, the applicant could petition the court for citizenship if they had resided in the United States for at least five years. The petition then became the subject of an investigation and hearing before a judge. The judge could order a continuance of the investigation, deny the petition, or if found favorable, the applicant would take an oath of allegiance to the U.S. Constitution and laws and renounce all foreign allegiances.
After 1918, if an applicant served in the Armed Forces for 3 or more years, he did not need the 5-year residency, nor did he need to file a declaration of intention.
Before 1922, married women automatically became U.S. citizens. After 1922, a married woman had to file separately, but did not need to file a declaration of intention, and the period of residence was reduced to one year.
The Immigration Act of 1924 enacted quota restrictions, and was not revised until 1952.
Additional Howard County Naturalization records may be found online at the Indiana State Digital Archives.
Previously Lost Record Books
Each volume has an index searchable by last name; look for the page number associated with the name, then use the “back arrow” to return to the list of records and proceed to the page number you found in the index.
Be sure to browse the additional records for the same individual - the pages will be immediately following the initial page number indicated in the index.