To become a citizen of the United States, an individual normally filed a "declaration of intention to become a citizen" at least two years prior to applying for citizenship. The next step was the naturalization hearing at which 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 his former citizenship. At this point a certificate of citizenship was issued documenting the fact. All the steps in this process are documented in this volume kept by the Salt Lake County Clerk.; Entries are grouped by category, with declarations of intention at the beginning, followed by certificates of citizenship for adult entrants, and certificates of citizenship for minor entrants at the back. Within each section, entries are chronological.; Historical Note; Declarations of intention and certificates of citizenship record book; 1858 - 1872
Politics, Government, and Law; Declaration of intention—Utah—Salt Lake County.; Naturalization—Utah—Salt Lake County.; Emigration and immigration—Utah—Salt Lake County.; Citizenship—Utah—Salt Lake County.; Declaration of intention—Utah—Salt Lake County.; Naturalization—Utah—Salt Lake County.; Emigration and immigration—Utah—Salt Lake County.; Citizenship—Utah—Salt Lake County.; UMAbroad--Politics, Government, and Law
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Naturalization record books from the District Court (Third District : Salt Lake County), Series 3573, contains naturalization records from Salt Lake County after statehood in 1896. Civil and criminal case minute books from Salt Lake County (Utah). Probate Court, Series 3939, record details of the naturalization hearings documented in the record books. Declarations of intention and certificate of citizenship record books from the Territorial Supreme Court, Series 3942, from the Supreme Court also contain some records of the 1st and 3rd district courts from 1852-1856 and 1859-1860 respectively. Naturalizations of a Salt Lake County resident may be recorded in this series.Declarations of intention record books from the District Court (Third District : Salt Lake County), Series 85108, contains further records of Salt Lake County residents after 1896.Certificates of citizenship record books from the District Court (Third District), Series 85110, of the 3rd District Court may also contain records of Salt Lake residents as Salt Lake County has been in the 3rd judicial district since 1856. Declarations of intention record books from the District Court (Third District), Series 85111, of the 3rd District Court may contain records from Salt Lake County, perhaps of those whose final naturalizations are recorded here, as Salt Lake County has been in the 3rd district since 1856.