Grandfather Robert Applies for Naturalization

On the 16th of June 1924, grandfather Robert, applied for Naturalization or what they call “Declaration of Intention,” 1st papers.

It is interesting that he writes they came in 1915 and not 1917 which is the date I know about.  In the description, he is missing part of his fingers.  He was not the only person in my family to have suffered that type of injury. 

So far I have not been able to find a final “Naturalization” or 2nd paper for my grandfather which would have taken place about 5 years later about 1929.  They are usually filed together.  It did some of this research at the National Archives at Seattle branch  using the finding aid binders and indexes.  Ancestry now has many of these Naturalization indexes and documents online as well.  It was one of the reasons I was able to find the 1st paper and was finding him in the film indexes but not the papers. 

I mentioned that I cannot find any 2nd papers.  It is looking like he never completed the process.  In the 1940 U.S. Census he is listed as an Alien. 

A Declaration of Intention – partial view

Source:  Declaration of Intention June 16, 1924, Robert Boardman, #22101, pg. 493, NARA Film M1542 Roll 17, U.S. District Court, Western District, Western Washington, Seattle V47 (21110) 1924 to V50 (23109) 1925.

  • Name: Robert Boardman
  • Age: 42
  • Occupation: Plumber
  • Color: White
  • Complexion: Fair
  • Height 5 feet 7.5 inches
  • Weight 150 lbs.
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Gray
  • Distinctive Marks: 2 & 3 fingers off at 2nd joints
  • Born: Shediac, Canada 
  • 8th day of Sept. 1882
  • Residence: 7205 Wright Ave., Seattle, WA
  • Emigrated from Vancouver, B.C. CP Boat
  • Married, Ethel she was born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • With me
  • Arrived at Seattle, WA Sept 1915.
  • Signed 16 June 1924

F.M. Harshberger, Clerk of the District Court, by P.A. Page, Deputy Clerk.

Note:  Grandfather filled this out and signed this form so he is stating he was born in Shediac, Canada which is in New Brunswick.  I have tried to find his birth record but Westmorland Co., NB is very thin in this type of record per the New Brunswick archive.  I have been informed by a cousin that there was a Boardman family bible but it has disappeared with great-grandmother Charlotte?

Here is a link to a listing of NB Parishes which might be interesting.  You have to learn the timeline of an administrative area like a county, province, state to know where the records are:

Try this link for further information on this topic of Immigration and Naturalization research:



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