There were 10 local, state and federal courts at one time or another in Philadelphia that conducted naturalization ceremonies. The forms used among those courts were not standardized, and the data included thereon often needs interpretation to produce the most information. This lecture will delve into the ways of interpreting the various declarations and petitions filed in all 10 Philadelphia courts from 1790 to 1906.
Jefferson M. Moak worked in the Map Collection department of the Free Library of Philadelphia from 1974 –1976, as archivist for the Philadelphia City Archives 1987 –2000, and is currently with the National Archives & Records Administration, Mid-Atlantic Region. He is the author of The WPA Index of Naturalizations: An Explanation (Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 1989), The Political Side of Naturalizations (Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 2000), Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Declarations of Intention, 1821 –1849 (2000), and numerous other publications.
The speaker has also presented genealogical lectures to various local genealogical societies and groups, including the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, the Main Line Genealogy Group, the Jewish Genealogical Society and the Old York Road Genealogical Society. He also is a consistent contributor to the ongoing series of genealogical workshops at the NARA – Mid-Atlantic Region since 2002.
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The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
Founded in 1892 as a non-profit organization, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP) was among the first in the United States to recognize the value of collecting and preserving the vital and personal records of those ancestors whose lives now comprise our American History. GSP is committed to preserving and publishing heretofore unpublished primary sources. The continuing dedication to this service enables the Society to make an increasingly significant contribution to the cultural life of our city, state, and indeed the whole country.