Wisconsin. Circuit Court (Polk County): Naturalization Records, 1855-1954

Summary Information
Title: Wisconsin. Circuit Court (Polk County): Naturalization Records
Inclusive Dates: 1855-1954

  • Wisconsin. Circuit Court (Polk County)
Call Number: Polk Series 32

Quantity: 9.4 c.f. (14 archives box, 1 flat box, 2 card index boxes, and 19 separate volumes), 3 reels of microfilm (35mm), and 1 reel of microfilm (16mm)

Archival Locations:
UW-River Falls, Chalmer Davee Library / River Falls Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Records of naturalization cases in the Circuit Court of Polk County, Wisconsin. Records include Declarations of Intention (1859-1952), Certificates of Naturalization (1859-1906), Petitions (1859-1954), indexes to these records (1855-1954), Repatriations (1941-1944), Orders Granting and Denying Petitions (1929-1954), and Certificate of Naturalization Stub Books (1907-1929).


The microfilm in this series was produced by the Genealogical Society of Utah which holds the master negatives.

Language: English

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See a general description of the naturalization process and naturalization records.

Scope and Content Note


For preservation purposes some volumes have been dismantled and placed in boxes. For these volumes the Contents List below gives the volume number for identification purposes and the box and folder number for location purposes. Also, some of these records have been microfilmed. For these the Contents List gives the volume number and also the reel and item number where the volume is located on the microfilm.

Certificates of Naturalization and Petitions

To locate a Certificate of Naturalization or a Petition, the researcher should begin with the Card Index to Citizenship (1859-1906, 1927-1954). If the name being researched is not found there, the Index to Citizenship (1907-1954) should be consulted. In both of these indexes the key information is the Certificate or Petition number. These indexes also give the volume, page number, and other identifying information, but this information, because of inconsistencies, is often misleading.

The Card Index is alphabetical. It gives the Certificate number for papers filed prior to 1907; this number is also the number of the corresponding Petition. For those filed after 1907 the Petition number is the key piece of information provided by the Card Index. Unfortunately, this index does not include information for Petitions filed between 1907 and mid-1927.

The Index to Citizenship (1907-1954), Volume C, is arranged in alphabetical segments by first letter of surname and therein more or less chronologically by date of the Petition. It gives the date, volume, page, and document number of Declarations, Petitions, and Certificates for those who completed the naturalization process after 1906.

There is also an Index to Petitions and Certificates (1859-1906), Volume B, which is arranged in alphabetical segments and more or less chronologically therein. It gives the date, volume, and page number, but it is inconsistent in its numbering of the volumes. Thus, the date is the only reliable finding aid. This index should be used only as a last resort.

Declarations of Intention

The Index to Declarations of Intention (1855-1889), Volume A, is also arranged in alphabetical segments and therein more or less chronologically by date of Declaration. It gives the date of the Declaration and sometimes the volume and page number. For Declarations filed between 1889 and 1907 the researcher should consult the indexes at the front of Volumes 4 and 5. Declarations for people who completed the naturalization process after 1906 are indexed in the Index to Citizenship (1907-1954), which is described above. All Declarations filed after 1906 are contained in Volumes 6-10 and each of these volumes is individually indexed at the front.

Contents List
Series: Indexes
Card Index to Citizenship, 1859-1906, 1927-1954
Box   1
Reel-Item   1-1
Box   2
Reel-Item   1-1
Volume   A
Reel-Item   2-1
Index to Declarations, 1844-1889
Volume   (B), in Box 3
Reel-Item   2-2
Index to Petitions and Certificates, 1859-1906
Volume   C
Reel-Item   2-3
Index to Citizenship, 1907-1954
Series: Declarations of Intention
Volume   1
Reel-Item   3-4
Volume   2
Reel-Item   3-5
Volume   3
Reel-Item   3-6
Volume   4
Reel-Item   4-1
Volume   5
Reel-Item   4-2
Volume   6
1907-1917, Nos. 1-300
Volume   7
1917-1926, Nos. 301-600
Volume   8
1926-1929, Nos. 601-659
Volume   (9), in Box 15
1930-1945, Nos. 660-860
Volume   (10), in Box 15
1946-1952, Nos. 861-871
Series: Certificates of Naturalization
Volume   1
Reel-Item   2-5
1859-1870, Nos. 1-57
Volume   2
Reel-Item   2-6
1870-1881, Nos. 59-496
Volume   (3), in Box 3
Reel-Item   2-7
1881-1901, Nos. 497-1019
Volume   4
Reel-Item   2-8
1901-1906, Nos. 1020-1099
Series: Petitions
Box   4
Nos. 2-179
Box   5
Nos. 180-322
Box   6
Nos. 323-453
Box   7
Nos. 454-584
Box   8
Nos. 585-717
Box   9
Nos. 718-848
Box   10
Nos. 849-979
Box   11
Nos. 980-1083
Box   12
Nos. 1084-1165
Box   13
Nos. 1166-1245
Box   14
Nos. 1246-1299
Volume   1
Reel-Item   3-3
1904-1906, Nos. 1105-1259 (adults)
Volume   (2), in Box 3
Reel-Item   2-4
1904-1906, Nos. 1271-1298 (minors)
Volume   1
1907-1911, Nos. 1-150
Volume   2
1911-1915, Nos. 151-400
Volume   3
1915-1923, Nos. 411-650
Volume   4
1923-1929, Nos. 651-773
Volume   (5), in Box 16
1929-1936, Nos. 774-823
Volume   (6), in Box 16
1936-1938, Nos. 824-873
Volume   (7), in Box 16
1938-1940, Nos. 874-923
Volume   (8), in Box 16
1940-1941, Nos. 924-973
Volume   (9), in Box 16
1941-1946, Nos. 974-1070
Volume   (10), in Box 16
1946-1954, Nos. 1071-1094
Series: Miscellaneous
Box   15
Folder   3
Orders Granting and Denying Petitions, 1929-1954
Box   15
Folder   4
Repatriations, 1941-1944
Box   17
Certificate of Naturalization Stub Books, 1907-1926, Nos. 31526-2123680