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Elkhart County Indiana Naturalization Records

This database represents those 8,265 naturalization’s indexed for the county of Elkhart in Indiana by the Friends of the Indiana State Archives. All naturalization records accessioned by the Archives are microfilmed and a portion of the information they contain is entered into a searchable database. The results of the database search will include the following fields: Surname, first name, nationality, date of arrival, and county book and page location. A complete naturalization record may be obtained by contacting the Archives.

In the nineteenth century and most of the twentieth century, naturalization was a three step process. First, one declared intention to naturalize, then petitioned for naturalization, and lastly, received a certificate or a court order granting citizenship.

Declarations and Petitions

The first two steps involved the submission of specific documents — declarations of intent and petitions — that the Archives now holds for some counties.

If the individual you are looking for is not listed in the database, it will be necessary to know the county or counties in which the naturalization process began.

Please note that many immigrants never completed the full process. In the nineteenth century, many states allowed their residents to buy land and work without obtaining full citizenship. In Indiana, one could purchase land, own a business, and vote with a declaration of intention.

Final Papers

After 1907, the federal government required state/local courts to issue standardized certificates of citizenship, to send duplicate copies of the certificates to the federal government, and to retain a certificate stub for their own court records. The Archives has certificate stubs for a few counties. These stubs are organized by date, not alphabetically; thus, a date of naturalization or a certificate number is imperative to locating any individual’s certificate stub.

Many counties recorded the final process on the back of the petitions; therefore an additional “final paper” will not be available in the Archives.

Elkhart County Indiana Naturalization Index

wdt_IDlastnamefirstnamenationalitydateofarrivalcountybookpage
1AbelElizabethFranceElkhart38915
2AbelElizabethElkhart4058
3AbelElizabethGermanyElkhart251,645
4AbelElizabethElkhart181
5AbelGustavGermanyElkhart3312
6AbelHenryGermanyElkhart4136
7AbelJacobSwitzerlandElkhart1197
8AbelJohn H.NorwayElkhart391,005
9AbelJohn HenrickElkhart4075
10AbelJohn HenrikNorwayElkhart391,005
11AbelJohn HenrikElkhart182
12AbrahamsenJon AbelNorwayElkhart391,005
13AccattatisEnricoItalyElkhart4523
14AccattatisFrankItalyElkhart22102
15AccattatisFrankItalyElkhart2111
16AccetturoJohnItalyElkhart4366
17AccetturoMaria LuisaItalyElkhart36713
18AcciutoPatsyItalyElkhart2135
19AchbergerJosephElkhart171
20AchbergerJosephElkhart4024
21AchbergerJosephAustriaElkhart3427
22AchbergerJosephGermanyElkhart33554
23AchbergerKatherineGermanyElkhart4118
24AcsbogMaryHungaryElkhart35697
25AcsbokMaryHungaryElkhart241,544
26AcsbokMaryHungaryElkhart35697
27AdamoDomenicoItalyElkhart231,455
28AdamoDomenicoItalyElkhart31487
29AdamoDomenicoElkhart172
30AdamoDomenicoElkhart4010
31AdamoDomenicoItalyElkhart20360
32AdamoMaria CarmelaElkhart173
33AdamoMaria CarmelaItalyElkhart35680
34AdamoMaria CarmelaElkhart4035
35AdamsCarlos AcevesMexicoElkhart38917
36AdamsCharles AcevesMexicoElkhart38917
37AdamsCharles AcevesElkhart4057
38AdamsCharles AcevesElkhart183
39AddarioJoeItalyElkhart4353
40AdlerHedwichGermanyElkhart36740
41AgelapoulosChristos (Kristos)GreeceElkhart4296
42AhchinJohnAustriaElkhart4425
43AitkenElizabethCanadaElkhart2255
44AitkenElizabeth J.Elkhart1538
45AitkenElizabeth JaneCanadaElkhart28100
46AitkenLouise MaryCanadaElkhart231,480
47AlbertAdamItalyElkhart21410
48AlbertoAngeloItalyElkhart20367
49AlbrightFrederickSwitzerlandElkhart1428
50AlbrightJohnSwitzerlandElkhart594

*Note: These records do not include order books, which are held as permanent records by the counties. Post-1951 naturalization papers are stored at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 425 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20536. Another helpful resource is the National Archives, Great Lakes Region, 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois, 60629. Their collections include a name index of citizens naturalized in the Great Lakes region.


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