Where to Find Washington State’s Naturalization Records

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Between 1850 and 1974 the U. S. government kept records of declarations of intention and petitions for naturalization in Washington Territory and State. These records can contain genealogically significant information. The records are organized by surname and declaration date and petition date. Some records in this group may not exist due to destruction or they may simply be missing. Additionally, the earlier records may not be indexed at all.

Microfilm copies of these records are kept at the NARA Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle, Washington.

The National Archives and Records Administration has fact sheets about these publications:

  • M1541 — Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 1890–1972
  • M1542 — Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1890–1957
  • M1543 — Naturalization Records of the Superior Courts for King, Pierce, Thurston, and Snohomish Counties, Washington, 1850–1974

Where to Find Oregon’s Naturalization Records

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Between 1859 and 1956 the U. S. government kept records of declarations of intention and petitions for naturalization in Oregon Territory and State. These records can contain genealogically significant information. The records are organized by surname and declaration date and petition date. These records are arranged chronologically and grouped by type of entry, as listed above. Some records in this group may not exist due to destruction or they may simply be missing. Additionally, the earlier records may not be indexed at all.

Microfilm copies of these records are kept at the NARA Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle, Washington.

The National Archives and Records Administration has fact sheets about these publications:

  • M1242 — Indexes to Naturalization Records of the U. S. Circuit and District Courts for the District of Oregon, 1859–1956
  • M1540 — Naturalization Records for U. S. District Courts for the State of Oregon, 1859–1941

Research Look-up Listings

Over the past weekend and week I restructured my professional research strategy on GenLighten.com. The new listings are

  • Idaho Federal Land Records – 1860 to 1934
  • Oregon Federal Land Records – 1851 to 1908
  • Washington State Federal Land Records – 1855 to 1910
  • Oregon Naturalization Records – 1859 to 1956
  • Washington State Naturalization Records – 1850 to 1974
  • Seattle, Washington Obituary Look-ups – 1888 to 2011

Most of these records are National Archives and Records Administration microfilm holdings at the Pacific Alaska Region facility in Seattle. Depending on site availability, I can use different archives for the obituary lookups.

Feel free to post questions about the listings and specific items on that site.

Other obituary and newspaper item look-ups are also possible, using a custom look-up request mechanism on the GenLighten site.