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Wisconsin Genealogy Resources

Naturalization Records

Wisconsin. Naturalization Records, 1840-1900, are available from the Wisconsin Supreme Court, from originals at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison and  through the Family History Library.

Naturalization records have been filed primarily in municipal, county, circuit, supreme, and U.S. district courts. Some of the older evidences of citizenship are found in the minutes of these courts and not in separate books. The records of approximately two-thirds of the counties are on microfilm at the area research centers.

The Milwaukee circuit and municipal court records of 1836 to 1941 are at the Milwaukee County Historical Society, 910 North 3rd Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

For naturalization records after September 1906, contact the National Archives—Great Lakes Region or the local office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The archives branch has records of the U.S. District Court from 1866 to 1921 and an extensive index to other federal records.

For further information:

  • Naturalization Records  - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
     
  • Search Immigration Records - Ancestry.com
     
  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin).  Index to Citizenship. Microfilm of Original card index at the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Madison. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1989.
     
  • United States. District Court. (Illinois: Northern District). Soundex to Naturalization Petitions for U.S. District & Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. 183 reels microfilm.
     
  • Wisconsin. Circuit Court (Dane County). Declarations of Intention, 1848-1906. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm.
     
  • Wisconsin. Circuit Court (Dane County). Petitions and Oaths, 1841-1905. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm.
     
  • Wisconsin Migrations Project - Migrations.org
     
  • Wisconsin. Municipal Court (Madison). Declarations of Intent, 1861-1906. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm.
     
  • Wisconsin. Municipal Court (Madison). Declarations of Intent, 1875-1906; Applications for Admission, 1906. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1980. Microfilm.
     
  • Wisconsin Naturalization & Citizenship Records and Substitutes.  From Olive Tree Genealogy.  
     
  • Wisconsin Naturalization and Citizenship Records and Substitutes - NaturalizationRecords.com
     
  • Wisconsin Naturalization Records Holdings at SHSW and Elsewhere

  • Wisconsin. Supreme Court. Naturalization Records, 1840-1900. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1979, 1984. 7 reels microfilm.

The Family History Library has microfilm copies of records from some counties and is continues to acquire records of additional counties. From Dane County, for example, the library has:

  • Circuit court admissions, 1855-1906
  • Circuit court declarations, 1848-1906
  • Circuit court petitions and oaths, 1841-1906
  • Municipal court declarations, 1875-1906
  • Municipal court index to declarations, 1861-1906
  • U.S. district court declarations of intention, 1841-47
  • General card index to various courts, 1800-1907