Thursday, March 13, 2014

New Digital Collection of Naturalizations Online

FGS member society, the Florida Genealogical Society, is pleased to announce the completion and realization of one of its projects, produced in collaboration with the University of South Florida Library's Special Collections.

The digitized collection of Hillsborough County, Florida, Naturalization Certificates covers from 1895 to 1906, excluding 1897/8, and is now online at the University of South Florida Library's Special Collections website.

This collection consists of digital copies of Hillsborough County Naturalization documents, including declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization, and naturalization certificates. The original record books were loaned to USF for digitization by the Clerk of the Hillsborough County Circuit Court and indexed by volunteers from the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa). The entire collection is searchable.

You can access the collection by visiting the USF Library's website at http://www.lib.usf.edu. Click on the Special Collections link on the bar near the top of the screen and choose Browse All Digital Collections A-Z from the drop-down menu. Select Hillsborough County Naturalization Records from the list. Alternately, you can go directly to the collection by using the link http://guides.lib.usf.edu/content.php?pid=86148&sid=3754294#. You can search or browse the records.

Here is an example (above) of one of the records, the approved petition for naturalization for Jose A. Rodriguez Suarez in 1900, allowing him to be administered the oath of naturalization.

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