Series 26729
District Court (Second District) Certificate of naturalization record books

Dates: 1878-1896.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

To become a citizen of the United States during this period, an individual normally filed a "declaration of intention to become a citizen" at least two years prior to applying for citizenship. A naturalization hearing then took place at which time the candidate and witnesses either made oral statements or filed written petitions and affidavits attesting to the applicant's character, worthiness to become a citizen, and the validity of statements made to the court. If the judge found the applicant eligible to become a citizen, an oath was administered and the individual renounced their allegiance to all foreign sovereignties. At this point a certificate of citizenship was issued documenting the fact. These volumes contain standardized certificates of citizenship.

The volumes contain only certificates of citizenship. Each form gives the date, applicant's name, former town and country, current residence, and a standardized summary that the applicant had conformed to the legal requirements of producing necessary evidence and taking the necessary oaths. The judge then signed admitting the applicant as a citizen.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

Prior to 1906, Beaver County residents could have filed papers in any court in the country. Citizenship and Declarations of Intention could have been filed in any of the District Courts, the Beaver County Probate Court or the Supreme Court. Since Beaver County was part of the 2nd District throughout the territorial period, records from this court primarily contained citizenship papers of county residents.

Related Records

Minute books from the District Court (Second District), Series 5319, includes entries for civil, naturalization, and criminal cases as well as administrative actions of the court.

Declarations of intention record book from the District Court (Second District), Series 85174, includes declaration of intention records created by the court.

Certificates of citizenship record books from the District Court (Second District), Series 85175, includes certificates of citizenship issued by the court.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas and Emily Gurr in May 2008 as part of a NHPRC grant project designed to preserve the historic records of Utah's Fifth District Courts.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The volumes have indices at the beginning. Entries are alphabetic by the first letter of the petitioner's surname,.

Indexing Terms

Container List

1 1 1878 - 1896
1 2 1878 - 1896

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.