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This is a follow-up to a Seeking 1945 New Jersey Death Record.

I am looking for the naturalization record of Jani Keleshi (birth name).

He was born in Berat, Albania during the 1890s; at that time it was part of the Ottoman Empire.

Here is what I have so far (chronologically):

1910 Arrival ???

1917 U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards Name: John Keleshi Marital Status: Single Birth Date: 25 Dec 1890 Birth Place: Albania Residence Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

1930 United States Federal Census Name: John Kalashi Birth Year: abt 1894 Age in 1930: 36 Birthplace: Albania Marital Status: Single Home in 1930: Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey, USA Immigration Year: 1910 Naturalization: First Papers (Pa)

1940 United States Federal Census Name: John Kalaski Age: 48 Birthplace: Albania Marital Status: Single Home in 1940: Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey Residence in 1935: Atlantic City Citizenship: Naturalized

1942 U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards Name: John Ilia Kalashi Gender: Male Birth Date: 27 Dec 1891 Birth Place: Berat, Albania Residence Place: Atl, New Jersey, USA

1945 Tombstone Name: John Kalashi Birth Date: 7 Jan 1891 Death Date: 15 Oct 1945 Cemetery: Atlantic City Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Pleasantville, Atlantic County, New Jersey

1945 U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index Name: John Kalashi Birth Date: 25 Dec 1896 Birth Place: Albania Death Date: 15 Oct 1945 Claim Date: 16 Oct 1945 SSN: 138 03 0735

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FamilySearch has some collections for Atlantic County, New Jersey, that may be useful:

In the Declarations of intention 1883-1925 vol 1, A-Z there is a record for "Kaleski, Jani also as John Kaleski": https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89Q4-775Z?i=75&cc=2057433&cat=154755

Kaleski declaration index

Name Address Date of filing Declaration number Volume number
Kaleski, Jani also as John Kaleski 229 N. South Carolina Ave. Atlantic City NJ Dec. 10-1923 3545 Volume 10

Then, in the Declarations of intention 1923-1924 vol 10, no 3301-3600, record 3545 shows "Jani Kaleski, known as John Kaleski", age 31, occupation cook. His birth place appears to be Berat, Albania and his birth date 25 December 1892.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89Q4-L7BT?i=161&wc=M73T-1ZS%3A351145601%2C351283301&cc=2057433

Kaleski declaration

The naturalization index shows John Kalashi or Kalaski, living on the same street as in the John Kalashi in the 1940 census, was naturalized on Nov. 26, 1940. FamilySearch does not appear to have the full naturalization records for 1940, just the index.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99Q4-VYY8?i=33&cc=2057433&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3A6CBG-WT32

Kaleski naturalization index

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  • Thank you very much. Can you read his month of arrival? I am guessing April, but I am not certain.
    – J.J.D.
    Feb 9 at 13:45
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    I think it is April. That is an old-fashioned cursive p, also seen in "Naples" after "I emigrated to the United States of America from ___."
    – shoover
    Feb 10 at 4:59

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