The following Records of Naturalization were
granted to Irish immigrants in Massachusetts during the 19th century.
They are an invaluable resource, as the county of birth in Ireland,
occupation, address, and the years of birth and arrival is often
provided. Due diligence is recommended when noting the year of birth and
year of arrival to the U.S. on the certificate. These dates were often
manipulated in order to make it appear as if the petitioner was a minor
upon arrival. According to familysearch.org:
The Act of May 26, 1824 allowed immigrants who
arrived before their 18th birthday to, upon reaching age 21, petition
for naturalization without filing a prior declaration of intention.
Petitions filed under this provision are usually called "Minor
Naturalizations" because they relate to individuals who arrived as a
minor (but who were an adult, age 21 or older, when actually
They are also examples of "one paper
naturalizations" because no declaration was required. Many courts
combined the declaration and petition documents into a form for this
document which may or may not include the word "minor" in the title.
Regular forms will cite the 1824 Act. The minor naturalization
provision was often abused and was repealed in 1906 (https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_States_Naturalization_and_Citizenship).
Stephen Baker has provided the following
copies of U.S. Petitions for Naturalization for men from Carlow and
has chosen to share his research by sending copies of the records to
be put on the IGP Carlow website in the hope that they might help
other people find their missing relatives.
|1874 Thomas Doyle
|1883 John Doyle
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