Thursday, September 22, 2011

New on the Shelf : Berrien County Naturalization Extracts

Brand new to the Local History Collection is Berrien County, Michigan, Index to Naturalizations, compiled by Norbert Cramer of Portage, formerly of St. Joseph. 

These record extracts came to the library has a gift of Mr. Cramer, in the form of a database totaling 31,213 records.  A hard-copy has been printed for use as a book, and the database has been added to the Local History Master Index.   At this time, the index is available only in the Local History Collection.

In addition to indexing those individuals who applied for or who were naturalized, Norbert has included spouses & children as they are mentioned.  The listings are actually more than an index, extracting the following information about each individual:
  1. Name
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Place of Birth
  4. Port of Embarkation
  5. Port of Arrival
  6. Date of Arrival
  7. Vessel (Ship)
  8. Source information (Liber & Page)
As an example, August Wiek, who was born October 10, 1893 in Kolish, Poland, boarded the ship "Cammets" from Bremen, Germany, and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, April 9, 1913, original petition for naturalization located in Liber 8 Page 7.

For information about how to view or request copies of the original naturalization records, contact the Berrien County Clerk. 

Mr. Cramer is also the sole contributor to the Michiana Genealogical Index (MGI), an index of over a million names from 60 sources from Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana.  His work on the MGI began in the 1970's, and later he designed his own DOS program for the project and continues it today. 

Even if you don't suspect that there is a naturalization record for your Berrien County ancestor, or if you "believe" that they were naturalized elsewhere, it may be a good idea to consult the Berrien County, Michigan, Naturalization Index.  Researchers may view the index anytime during Local History regular business hours.  Contact us with any questions.

Nameless Picture of the Day
 unknown boy
Photographer - W. H. Blair, Allegan

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