West Virginia Naturalization Records

Naturalization Certificate

Naturalization to become a U.S. citizen was a two-part process: the Declaration of Intent to Naturalize, or First Papers, and the Naturalization Record (including the Naturalization Petition), or Final Papers. The First Papers were normally filed five years before the Final Papers because of the five-year residency requirement to become a citizen. No centralized files



The Switzers in Virginia

“The Switzer family is of German and Swiss origin and was founded in America by three brothers, John, Valentine and Nicholas, sons of John Swit­zer, who never came to America. About 1770 the three brothers settled in Hardy, then Hampshire ‘County.” FROM “THE HISTORY OF BARBOUR COUNTY” Cornelia Switzer-Burkholder, a daughter of Daniel Morgan Switzer,



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