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  Military Petitions for Naturalization Filed in the Philadelphia {County} District Court 1862-1874
Military Petitions for Naturalization Filed in the Philadelphia {County} District Court 1862-1874

 
Our Price: $20.00
Year: 2000
Pages: 20
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1887099123

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Jefferson M. Moak (ed)
In 1862, the U.S. govít., as a reward to the aliens who served in the Union forces during the Civil War, allowed these vets. to petition for citizenship after receiving an honorable discharge. The 5-yr. residency requirement was reduced to 1-yr. There were over 950 vets. who petitioned the Phila. [County] District Court between 1862 & 1874 using their military service to satisfy the requirements for citizenship. The 1862 fed. law restricted the use of military service only to those vets. of the land forces. However, the clerks in Phila. granted citizenship to many vets. of the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps. The fed. govít. did not grant non-army veterans the same rights until 1894. This index represents 15% of the total number of petitions filed in Phila. during this period. (Philadelphia: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 2000)

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