Discover your family members in these naturalization records from the state of West Virginia, in the Appalachian region of the United States. Find out important details about your family members’ journey to become American citizens, such as their birth year and the year they applied for naturalization.
There are more than 60,000 records of individuals who applied for naturalization in West Virginia. While the information for each person varies, West Virginia naturalizations 1814-1991 usually provides:
Located in the Appalachian Mountains, in between the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, West Virginia received a mix of immigrants from all over the world. In order to become citizens, any foreign-born residents would need to register at the nearest courthouse and become naturalized residents. This began the residency period required before they could then apply for citizenship. Naturalization sometimes did not begin until years after an individual first arrived in the country. While not every county in the state is represented in this collection, these naturalization cards are a valuable genealogical resource and can provide important information about your ancestor.
These records can help you uncover vital details about when your ancestors first decided to become citizens of the United States. Once you locate their record, you can use the details you learn to discover even more about them in our other collections of records, like passenger lists and newspapers.
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