This collection in Fold3.com consists of 18,303 records of soldiers naturalized during WWI. Aliens serving in the US military didn’t gain citizenship simply by serving—they had to apply to be naturalized. The naturalization process for these men was greatly streamlined, however—the Declaration of Intention requirement was generally waived, and the residency requirement was greatly reduced. Many soldiers filed petitions and were then sworn in as citizens the same day!
The expedited naturalization of soldiers could be performed at a federal, state or local court having jurisdiction over the soldier's military base, or at a special "naturalization court" set up on the military base.
This record collection consists of typed index cards with names, dates of naturalization, court numbers, and certificate numbers of WWI soldiers. You may browse this collection by surname, or search for a particular soldier.
You may use Fold3.com at Central Library or any of our branches. You may also use it at home, if you have a valid SLPL Library Card and PIN.