Lake County, Illinois U.S. Naturalization Documents Transferred to the Illinois State Archives

The following excerpt is from the January 24, 2013 edition of the Lake County News-Sun.

A “treasure trove” of Lake County historical documents dating back to the 1840s was transferred to Illinois State Archives on Thursday.

Hundreds of U.S. naturalizations documents have been tucked in the county’s Clerk of the Circuit Court’s storage room. The handwritten documents have photos with original signatures of immigrants who underwent the process to become U.S. citizens.

“These are historical treasures. These (documents) are wonderful and in good condition,” said Court Clerk Keith Brin.

The records are still legally viable documents that can still be used in court to prove citizenship, according to Karl Moore, ISA Regional Archives Depositories supervisor. Moore and fellow ISA Illinois Regional Archives Depositories Supervisor Barbara Heflin picked up the historical documents Thursday.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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