VCGS Free Lecture - “They Became Citizens: An Overview of American Naturalization Records” – Ted Gostin
This lecture presents an overview of United States naturalization records. The first national naturalization law was established in 1790, and this lecture focuses on 19th and 20th century naturalization proceedings. Naturalization procedures and forms during two basic time periods are discussed: from 1790 to September 27, 1906; and from September 27, 1906 forward. Finding aids to naturalization records are discussed, and a short bibliography of key works on naturalization records is provided.