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Why would someone born in the U.S. file a petition for naturalization?

The crucial question here, for the women who married alien couples, is when did the couples marry? Between 1907 and 1922, women who were US-born lost their US citizenship when marrying a foreign (aka &...
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What do these extra numbers mean on this ship manifest?

Adrian is correct -- as he suggested in the earlier answer, we can find some clues in Marian L. Smith's Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations. Let's look at the two lines you are most ...
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Children born overseas to British Subjects -- what is their citizenship status?

The page linked to in the answer by user3310902 discusses a particular court case, and the status of children born abroad to British parents isn't discussed there. However that page provided the ...
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What do these extra numbers mean on this ship manifest?

I rather suspect that those dates are in the 1900s and could relate to naturalisation of the passengers. Have a look at A Guide to Interpreting Passenger List Annotations
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In the US, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, why did primarily the men only get naturalized?

Historian Marian L. Smith has written two superb articles for Prologue, published by the US National Archives, which discuss the changes in US Naturalization laws and how the changes in the laws ...
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In the US, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, why did primarily the men only get naturalized?

Books have been written about this subject, so I'll just summarize what I think are the key points. Historically (and some might argue the same is true today), there are relatively few "benefits" of ...
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What happened to Gustav Adolf Neumann - part II?

Let's start by clarifying some points in your question. Passenger Lists Passenger lists for this period (Castle Garden) are US Customs lists rather than immigration lists as we see from the Port of ...
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Naturalization Record

FamilySearch has some collections for Atlantic County, New Jersey, that may be useful: Declarations of intention, 1883-1925 Naturalization records, 1837-1929 In the Declarations of intention 1883-...
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Where can I locate historical blank US naturalization forms?

Some record groups use a particular form consistently and the repository or genealogy providers may provide a blank copy: FamilySearch will link to the collection's wiki page and Ancestry will have a "...
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Children born overseas to British Subjects -- what is their citizenship status?

It seems that before 1914 there was no formal legal status of British nationality. The term British subject seems to have been quite elastic. See http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/reports-and-consultations/...
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Becoming Australian citizens after British ancestors came to Australia?

Since naturalization doesn't apply to your ancestors, voter's lists would be the most obvious citizenship-related record type that should contain those names. Ancestry has such a database, "Australia, ...
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How can I get USCIS to send me electronic results instead of paper?

On the USCIS Genealogy program's instructions for Making a Request by Mail, it says: Response information Please note that all Search Results and Records from the USCIS Genealogy Program ...
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Finding Romanian ancestor's UK naturalisation date?

The London Gazette would normally print a notice. Here's an example page showing naturalisations in May 1939: http://thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34634/page/3881 (my grandfather, who came over from ...
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Children born overseas to British Subjects -- what is their citizenship status?

The parent, while filling in the 1911 census form, noted the children as British by Parentage, which is official enough to give statehood to the children. However, unless the parents were consulate ...
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Children born overseas to British Subjects -- what is their citizenship status?

There are "Overseas" registrations held by the General Register Office for England & Wales. However, the GRO's site states in a Q&A: Q. Are all overseas births, marriages and deaths, [...
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Do petitions for naturalization indicate the date of the first arrival to a country or the last time they had entered the country when filing?

Your assumption has to be correct. It is written in black & white. I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of five years at least, immediately preceding the date ...
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Record of US citizen/non-citizen marriage abroad in order for family to travel from Poland to US in 1925

This is a stub of an answer and will be added to as I find more information. According to USCIS: "Prior to September 22, 1922, women gained the citizenship of their naturalizing husbands." For a ...
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Acquisition of US citizenship by children under Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952

This is a stub of an answer to address the question about the index card. NARA's catalog identifies it as coming from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York and cites Microfilm ...
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Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York State) 1855-1872?

Use the index record given at the website as a pointer to the appropriate film at the Family History Library, as in my related questions about FHL microfilms. Your index entry is: (Book No:) 13 ...
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Finding Naturalization Record for Hugh Sellars from Scotland who lived in Albany (New York State) 1855-1872?

I just used Google to search on 'albany naturalization' and found my way to the INDEX TO DECLARATIONS OF INTENT 1827-1895, BOOKS 13 - 15 Oct. 1856 - Nov. 1895, Source: FHC Film 1301572 Item 3 ...
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Are there Naturalization records specific to displaced ethnic Jews?

Are you talking about the interwar period, the 1920's and early 1930's? If so, I am not aware of any Jewish-specific settlement, immigration, or naturalization policies within the US at that time, so ...
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Where can I find a Declaration of Intention filed in the 1930s in Louisiana?

You've checked with NARA Fort Worth and they don't have a record. Try the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Their Genealogy Program holds Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files) ...
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