The Resource Alexandria County (Va.) Naturalization Records

Alexandria County (Va.) Naturalization Records

Alexandria County (Va.) Naturalization Records, 1802-1870
Alexandria County (Va.) Naturalization Records
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Alexandria County (Va.) Naturalization Records, 1802-1870, include affidavits, reports for naturalization, declarations of intent to become United States citizens, and notices of application for admission of citizenship. The reports are narrative accounts made by applicants summarizing their journey to the United States. The declarations of intent record the person's name, place of birth, age, country of previous citizenship, renunciation of allegiance and fidelity to the nation of which the person is currently a citizen, and the date the intention was sworn. Also found in the collection are affivdavits filed with the reports and declarations. They were given by individuals who knew the applicant and could vouch for their loyalty to the United States. The notices for applications are lists of individuals who have petitioned the court for naturalization. Information included in the lists are name of petitioner, place of birth, residence, date of arrival in the United States, place of arrival, date of hearing, and name and residence of witnesses
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Biographical or historical data
Arlington County was originally named Alexandria County. The county was formed from a portion of Fairfax County that Virginia in 1789 ceded to the federal government for use as the site of a new national capital. In 1801, the area officially became part of the District of Columbia, although Contress named it Alexandria County. By an act of 9 July 1846, Congress returned the county to Virginia, and the General Assembly extended the commonwealth's jurisdiction over the region effective 20 March 1847. The county's name was changed by an act of assembly passed 16 March 1920 to Arlington, the name of the Custis family mansion (the home of Robert E. Lee), which is located in the county.
Alexandria County (Va.) Naturalization Records
These items came to the Library of Virginia in a transfer of court papers from Arlington County
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Governing access note
There are no restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Arlington County Circuit Court
Organization method
Collection is divided into two subseries: declarations of intent and affidavits. Both are arranged alphabetically by surname.
Terms governing use
There are no restrictions.
Type of unit
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