1875 Citizenship

We have the original signed document granting citizenship dated 1875. The document shows State of New York, City and County of Albany at the top but states the Justice's Court of the City of Albany. Due to the age, there isn't a record number associated with it.

Would this fall under the citation format under 8.31 even though there is no document number or record book reference?



Submitted byEEon Sun, 10/06/2019 - 21:28

Carrie, you state "We have ..." but did not state where or how you obtained the document. As you describe it, it would seem to be a family artifact. If so, then you would cite as such, including the provenance by which it came to you. You would not attribute it to any government office or archive facility because no one else would find that document there.

Submitted byjadeeyes567on Mon, 10/07/2019 - 08:58

My apologies, it is a document that has been included with family papers.   Thank you very much for the feedback.  I was concerned because when I did a search on naturalization papers, there is a reference to a register book with the county which is understandable but since this is something that has been passed down through the family - I didn't know if I could document it like a family artifact.


Submitted byEEon Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:31

Jadeeyes, it's natural instinct to look up a specific item, each time we find something different. But there are underlying principles that are missed that way; and then the examples aren't understood. EE advises new users to do the following:

1. Read the QuickStart Guide.

2. Read the first two chapters.

3. Skim every other chapter (each of which focuses on a different class of records), reading at least the introductory pages for that chapter and the discussions/explanations of quirks that appear before and citation models. Often those quirky situations appear within many different types of records. A citation issue we find in censuses, example, might also be encountered with a courthouse record. EE discusses each of those quirky issues the first time it's introduced in a model, but does not repeat each of them for every type of record.