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LaPorte County Resources
  • LaPorte County Court House
  • Michigan City Library, Michigan City, Indiana
  • LaPorte Public Library, LaPorte, Indiana
  • Naturalization Definitions on Census Reports
  • AL - Born abroad, and has taken no steps toward becoming an American citizen. = ALIEN
  • Pa - Declared intention to become an American Citizen and has taken out his "first" papers. = Papers
  • Na - Has become a full citizen by taking out second or final papers of naturalization -NATURALIZED
  • Naturalizations, LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogical Society - Holdings
    Abstracts from declarations of intentions, LaPorte County, Indiana Genealogy Division,
    (Date added to call # for each of the following volumes:)
    Available at libraries listed above and State Library at Indianapolis
  • 2 May 1870 - 10 Oct. 1876
  • Oct. 1876 - May 1884
  • 19 June 1884 - April 1894
  • 27 Apr. 1894 - 01 Sept. 1906
  • Oct. 1908 - Nov. 1910
  • Nov. 1910 - Oct. 1913
  • Oct. 1913 - Mar. 1918
  • Mar. 1918 - Sept. 1918
  • Sept. 1918 - Nov. 1922
  • Dec. 1922 - June 1929
  • Naturalization records: abstractions from second papers, ...
  • October 1854 through April 1888. : La Porte Co. Indiana Genealogical Society. 1994. 25 leaves. Genealogy Division, 977.201 L315n
  • Naturalization records: abstractions from second papers, ... May 1888 - April 1903: La Porte Co. Indiana Genealogical Society. 1997. 6 leaves. Genealogy Division, 977.201 L315nd
  • Naturalization records: abstractions from declaration of intentions, ... -- 22 Aug. 1854 through 11 Oct. 1856 La Porte Co. Indiana Genealogical Society. 199?. . Genealogy Division, 977.201 L315nr
  • Naturalization records: abstractions from declaration of intentions, Superior Court, Michigan City.. -- 12 Apr. 1912/02 Nov. 1917 and 02 Nov. 1917/08. La Porte Co. Indiana Genealogical Society. 2005?. . Genealogy Division, 977.201 L315nrs
Other Resources - Nation-wide
  • Genealogists/Family Historians

  • Directory of Passenger Ship Arrivals

  • More about Immigration Records: Paperwork, Paperwork, Paperwork! As the "open immigration policy" became increasingly unpopular in the 18th century, the federal government passed the Alien Act (1798); this was the first national attempt to regulate immigration. This law allowed the President to deport any non-citizen who might be considered dangerous to the United States for any reason. However, the law was abused and some settlers were deported without just cause. The Alien Act was replaced by new legislation in 1800.
Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome;
her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Poem Author - Emma Lazarus