Location: Berkeley County WV

West Virginia Naturalization Records

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 existed before 1906. In 1906 federal forms replaced the various formats that had been used by the various courts. Copies were sent to the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), creating a central file for naturalization papers. The INS is now known as the U.S....

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Biographical Sketch of Newton Diehl Baser

Baser, Newton Diehl; mayor; born Martinsburg, W. V., Dec. 3, 1871; son of Newton Diehl and Mary (Dukehart) Baker; B. A., Johns Hopkins, 1892; LL. B., Washington and Lee University, 1894; married Elizabeth Lepold, of Pottstown, Pa., July 5, 1902; pvt. sec. to Postmaster-General Wilson, 1896-97; began practice at Martinsburg, W. Va., 1897; city solicitor of Cleveland, O., 1902-12; mayor of Cleveland, 1912-1913; re-elected 1913; Democrat; member Phi Gamma Delta. Clubs: Union,...

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