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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_IDLast NameFirst NameNationalityDate of ArrivalCountyBookPage
1AbelElizabethFrance26/02/1905Elkhart38915
2AbelElizabethElkhart4058
3AbelElizabethGermany26/02/1905Elkhart251645
4AbelElizabethElkhart181
5AbelGustavGermany23/02/1905Elkhart3312
6AbelHenryGermany24/02/1905Elkhart4136
7AbelJacobSwitzerland31/01/1905Elkhart1197
8AbelJohn H.Norway20/11/1947Elkhart391005
9AbelJohn HenrickElkhart4075
10AbelJohn HenrikNorway20/11/1947Elkhart391005
11AbelJohn HenrikElkhart182
12AbrahamsenJon AbelNorway20/11/1947Elkhart391005
13AccattatisEnricoItaly04/05/1902Elkhart4523
14AccattatisFrankItaly22/09/1905Elkhart22102
15AccattatisFrankItaly22/09/1905Elkhart2111
16AccetturoJohnItaly17/02/1903Elkhart4366
17AccetturoMaria LuisaItaly05/01/1921Elkhart36713
18AcciutoPatsyItaly01/06/1912Elkhart2135
19AchbergerJosephElkhart171
20AchbergerJosephElkhart4024
21AchbergerJosephAustria24/02/1905Elkhart3427
22AchbergerJosephGermany24/02/1905Elkhart33554
23AchbergerKatherineGermanyElkhart4118
24AcsbogMaryHungary30/11/1904Elkhart35697
25AcsbokMaryHungary02/12/1904Elkhart241544
26AcsbokMaryHungary30/11/1904Elkhart35697
27AdamoDomenicoItaly26/01/1906Elkhart231455
28AdamoDomenicoItaly25/01/1906Elkhart31487
29AdamoDomenicoElkhart172
30AdamoDomenicoElkhart4010
31AdamoDomenicoItaly25/01/1905Elkhart20360
32AdamoMaria CarmelaElkhart173
33AdamoMaria CarmelaItaly19/07/1922Elkhart35680
34AdamoMaria CarmelaElkhart4035
35AdamsCarlos AcevesMexico17/04/1905Elkhart38917
36AdamsCharles AcevesMexico17/04/1905Elkhart38917
37AdamsCharles AcevesElkhart4057
38AdamsCharles AcevesElkhart183
39AddarioJoeItaly17/04/1902Elkhart4353
40AdlerHedwichGermany21/04/1911Elkhart36740
41AgelapoulosChristos (Kristos)Greece15/04/1916Elkhart4296
42AhchinJohnAustria14/05/1902Elkhart4425
43AitkenElizabethCanada20/02/1905Elkhart2255
44AitkenElizabeth J.Elkhart1538
45AitkenElizabeth JaneCanada20/02/1905Elkhart28100
46AitkenLouise MaryCanada28/07/1934Elkhart231480
47AlbertAdamItaly20/03/1912Elkhart21410
48AlbertoAngeloItaly26/02/1906Elkhart20367
49AlbrightFrederickSwitzerland01/02/1905Elkhart1428
50AlbrightJohnSwitzerland07/09/1912Elkhart594

*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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