Index to Naturalization Petitions, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, 1909-1929

The Alexandria Library, Special Collections has in its microfilm collection the Naturalization Petitions filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, 1909-1929.   Coverage includes: Arlington; Fairfax; Fauquier; Loudoun; Prince William; and Stafford Counties; City of Alexandria; City of Fairfax; City of Falls Church; City of Manassas; and City of Manassas Park.   This microfilm is from the National Archives and Records Administration (RG 21, M1648) and consists of five reels of film.


The petitions contain a wealth of information including the petitioner's date and place of birth, date and port of entry to the U.S., petitioner's occupation, spouse's name, etc.   This project was implemented by Special Collections staff member Rita Holtz, who extracted the following information from the petitions: petitioner's name, country of origin, date of naturalization, document number, reel number, and miscellaneous notes.


Many of the persons whose records are included were soldiers from all over the United States who were stationed at Camp Humphries, now Ft. Belvoir, and naturalized in three special sessions of the Court held at that location.   There are 354 residents of the area included.   These entries are generally more informative as we included the initial Port of Entry (POE) to the U.S.   There is also greater variety in the spelling of surnames and a higher incidence of the adoption of new surnames.   By the several acts enacted by Congress, between 1907 and 1922 a native born American woman who married an alien derived her husband's (foreign) citizenship and after 1922, had to apply to regain her American citizenship.   There are several women included in this index for whom that condition applied. It should be noted that the petitions were microfilmed in 1990. There are quite a few persons indexed here who repatriated to their respective homelands voluntarily some decades later or who lost their citizenship for various reasons which are specified and are often quite interesting.   See the notes section.


Prints of the petitions from the microfilm of the persons whose names appear here are available.   Contact Special Collections for details.


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