Friday, October 1, 2010

Citizenship - Petition for Naturalization

In two previous posts I discussed the U.S. Naturalization Indexes, and the filing of Declaration of Intention to become a United States citizen.

Once a declaration is filed, the person must then file a petition to become a citizen after the residence requirements are complete, having lived in the U.S. for 5 years or more, unless they came to the U.S. as an under-age child.

My great-great grandfather Walter Leeming and his oldest son John whose documents I've been discussing both filed petitions for naturalization on the same day, 28 May 1904. At that time they were given a hearing date to appear in court for the final step.

The next step is their court hearing, in this case on 11 June 1904,  along with witnesses chosen by the petitioners to give testimony as proof of their residency and character.

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