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Welcome and good afternoon. My name is Andrea Bassing-Matney welcome to the National Archives Know Your Records program. We are broadcasting live from the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., although our presenter is calling in from Boston. So thank you for being patient and waiting. We had a few technical difficulties this afternoon. But now we're ready to go. So for those of you who have joined us here onsite, again, our presenter is calling in from the National Archives in Boston. And we do have some handouts for you so hopefully you picked those up. And if you have any questions so that the presenter can hear you, we ask that you use the microphone in the aisle so he can hear you all the way in Boston. For those of you watching online, you can also ask questions by using the chat feature on the YouTube Web page. You will also find hyperlinks on this page so that you can bring the same handouts that we've provided here so feel free to use those and there's also a link to live captioning so you can see the written word as he speaks it. So today from Boston, we are pleased to have archive specialist Joe Keefe who is presentation is entitled "Early Naturalization Records from New England States." Today he will discuss how to use naturalization proceedings for federal, county and local courts from Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont between 1790 and 1906. Joseph P. Keefe has a Bachelor's degree in history from Framingham State University in Framingham, Massachusetts, and a master of art in American history from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. He has worked with the National Archives for over ten years many a variety of positions. At this time, he is an archive specialist with duties as a reference team lead and social media with the National Archives at Boston. Mr. Keefe lectures in New England on numerous subjects including genealogy, naturalization, and (inaudible) military records such as 54th Massachusetts infantry and World War II records held at the National Archives. He is also a member and researcher of numerous archival and historical society in the United States and curator for the Waltham Massachusetts Historical Society. Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming our speaker Joe Keefe. (applause). >> Joe Keefe: Thank you, Andrea, and thank you Know Your Records for having me. This is really exciting for me to talk about these records because they're one of the more unusual collections that the National Archives has. And these are naturalizations not only from federal courts but also local courts as well as state courts throughout the New England area, New York and partially from Illinois. Could we move to slide 4, please? Now, the reason -- we have a lot of people who ask us why do you have these records? Why is it that the National Archives has this huge collection of state and local naturalization records? And the reason is that during the Great Depression, many of the employment and relief opportunities, things such as the WPA or if you wanted to get a job in the civilian conservation core, you had to be an American citizen. And the jobs were limited to American citizens. So if you were looking for work from these organizations, you had to show proof. Now, a lot of people prior to 1906, women and children simply derived their citizenship from either their father or their husband. And there's no paperwork generated for these folks. So how do they go about getting a job, and how do they go about proving that they were citizens? And one of the techniques that they came up at the INS was to contact the WPA and the initial thought was to do a countrywide basically copying of the naturalization records so that people could once they wrote in or called in to the INS, that they would have some kind of a record. If we could move to slide 5, please. So, again, this requirement that people prove citizenship proved extremely difficult for women especially but also children who had been young when their fathers, their fathers had become citizens. They had absolutely no paperwork. And that includes both federal, state, and local courts recorded only the name of the person being naturalized which was usually the head of the household. And although the wife and children derived their citizenship, their names were not recorded. This is one of the ways they came up with, having a WPA project. Put a lot of people to work. It's in the middle -- they began the project in the middle of the Great Depression in the 1930s. And if we could move to slide 6, please. So the INS used this project, and their object was to photograph something of the fact of naturalization just so people, if they stated that they had become citizens, that there was some way of proving it. So under this project, various courts, for everyone, state, local, federal in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont made their naturalization records available to the INS. And then clerical staff would go in. They would summarize the critical data on to some index cards, thus creating an index and the WPA workers copied the naturalization records using what was then known as a dexigraph reproduction system which basically prints -- took a photograph and a negative on a large card. The WPA started this in New England, New York, and partially in Illinois. But when World War II came, the project was halted before it could really get going by the regions. By World War II, most of the New Deal agencies such as the CCP and the WPA had ended. So, although World War II really was the harbinger of ending the project, the project was really dead because people didn't really need this. We happened to be very lucky in New England in that five of the six New England states were finished. They didn't get to Connecticut. Connecticut never offered their records to the project, and they kind of went right over to New York. Now, Connecticut does have an index. It was not created by the WPA, but it's very similar. If we could move to slide 7, please. This is an example of what a dexigraph looks like. And from the late 1930s until about 1961, the INS used these copies to document citizenship granted before 1907. Now, whether it was of the actual petitioner or the wife or child who drives citizenship, it was proof for them thus to gain a job with these agencies. Now, if the INS found a record, what it would do is it would send a form to the court holding the originals. They would just ask them to verify the fact that these people had become citizens. They would send it back. They would add it to the index. Now, as you can kind of tell from this naturalization petition, you know, for us and if you are a genealogist, there's lots of information that can be garnered just from this one page. We'll talk about that as we move forward. If we could move to page 8, please. And, again, this was the Work Projects Administration. This is what the dexigraph camera looked like. You can kind of see it in the middle of the photograph. It was a kind of cumbersome thing to use. Again, it was a negative copy that they produced. And it took a lot of people to do this. This was a huge project for the WPA and it put a lot of people to work. If we could move to slide 9, please. Now, why were they doing this? Really, for genealogists or anybody doing any kind of research into 19th, early 20th century naturalization, prior to 1960, these proceedings were handled in a somewhat loose and slipshod manner. It was from court to court to court what kind of questions they were asking, how vigorous they were making on making sure information being conveyed by people was the actual truth. It really was -- it was really not something that was standardized in any way, shape, or form. Each court had its own methods and rules regarding the naturalization procedures. No matter what federal statutes might demand, a lot of these courts just simply made it up as they went. Some were far less demanding than others. It didn't take early immigrants long to learn this so you would have -- one of the reasons why this ended in 1906 was people in Congress started seeing huge numbers of folks going to one or two specific courts, no one going to any others to get American citizenship. And they sat looking into why is this happening? Why is this -- why are these mobs going to one court and not another? And they very quickly learned that that naturalization rules were pretty lenient in a lot of these places. If we could move to slide 10, please. Now, what information as a researcher do you need to know to locate a naturalization petition from this era prior to 1906 but really for anything even -- anything after 1906. Really to conduct an effective search, you need to have the following. You obviously need to have the person's full name. And this is -- this has to include different spellings, especially for eastern European or ethnic names. Can be very difficult. And the proceedings are very much almost like a passenger list. So what you're looking at --I will show you some examples of the actual naturalization records, what you're looking at is something that a clerk was sitting at a table and was orally asking these questions to the person becoming a citizen. So if someone had a difficult name, it's a good chance it could get misspelled or somebody wrote down something wrong. It's always very helpful to have the exact different spellings. Now, you need to know the home address. You need to -- it is helpful to know a city, town, an exact address. But you need to know what state the person was living in to -- when they naturalized, when they became a citizen to actually search correctly. You don't want to be searching for someone in Rhode Island who became a citizen in Massachusetts. And you need to know the approximate date of naturalization. Again, you don't want to be searching for -- if you have a name like Jerry O'Connor or something like that or Timothy Kelly, you can imagine how difficult that might be into determining is this the right Timothy Kelly I'm looking for. So you need to know at least an approximate date of naturalization. It helps winnow it down a little bit. Also, useful things such as date of birth, date of U.S. arrival, and the country of origin. Those things aren't necessary. What is necessary is the full name. You need to know where they were living, at the very least the state, and an approximate date of naturalization. Move to slide 11, please. Now, this is an example of what the index looks like. And the dexigraph collection from New York, New England and Illinois is what was produced as a soundex index. Now, today it is not really necessary for researchers to use the soundex but it was really quite a clever system. The soundex is a coded surname for the last name index based on the way a surname sounds rather than the way it is spelled. So surnames that sound the same but are spelled differently like Smith and Smyth have the same code. Once these Smiths are grouped together alphabetically, then they put them alphabetically by first name so it becomes a little easier to find. The soundex coding system was developed so you could find a surname even though it may have been recorded under various spellings. Again, because a lot of this was done orally, you could have various spellings on names that this system actually helps. Now, it is a little easier today because our friends at have actually indexed the index, if that makes sense. They have made it searchable by name. But, again, if you have something like what you're seeing on the screen, George Callahan, you could imagine how many George Callahans or Timothy Kellies or Robert O'Connors were coming into Boston, just Boston, between 1790 and 1906. So this is an example of the card and the kind of information you're getting. If you could move to slide 12, please. Now, the soundex I wanted to just kind of show you on the right-hand side of your screen. You see three cards. These are all men named Joseph Keefe. I'm sure they were stand-up citizens and wonderful Americans. But as you can see, if you just knew Joseph Keefe and possibly when somebody was born, you can go through and kind of pin down the person that you're looking for. Now, the soundex index is for, again, the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. They're all grouped in one index. Rhode Island and Connecticut have separate indexes. And New York and Illinois also have soundex indexes which are separate. So keep in mind, if you're doing any kind of search for people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, those folks are all grouped into one index. And, again, has digitized and indexed these by name. What you can do is you can still go through. You can still use Ancestry if you want to use a soundex. There are ways of getting the soundex code. It's based on, again, the sounding -- the name of how it sounds. And it will equate characters to it. I think if you go on to, not the guitar player but the genealogist, he has a soundex. You type in the name and it will give you a soundex code. And then you can go into Ancestry and look up K100 which would be Keefe and scroll through all the Keeves. Could we move to the next slide, please, 13. Now, I wanted to show you this. This is index cards from New York. And the index cards can actually be valuable records for genealogists in their own right. I will give a caveat to anybody who's looking into -- we'll go over this a little bit before we end the day today. But if you're a genealogist and you're looking into trying to find a naturalization record for the State of Connecticut or the State of New York, most of the ones for those two states for whatever reason don't have a lot of genealogical information on the actual record. But as you can see by these index cards, the ones on the left-hand side here are all for courts of New York. And if you are a genealogist, you can garner a lot of information off of just the index cards themselves. Now, some of the information will be on here is the person's address, their occupation, their date of birth, their date of arrival which is very helpful for genealogists. Name, address, and occupation of the witnesses who stood up in court. These are usually family, friends or co-workers. So it also opens up another avenue of investigation for researchers where they can kind of garner some of these names. Now, the actual record from New York probably won't have as much information. So keep in mind, especially for Connecticut and New York, and we will discuss a little about this later on, but the index can be oftentimes more valuable than the actual record itself. If we could move to slide 14, please. Now, again, these are examples of soundex cards from the Chicago -- from the Illinois area. Our office in Chicago, Illinois holds the naturalization records for Illinois. I believe it was only half the state that was completed, so they don't have everybody. But you can write to our office in Chicago if you had someone in Illinois or, like, Ohio, that area, or if you had someone who naturalized, and they'll be able to tell you if it exists or not or who you can contact to then get a copy of the actual record. And the cards themselves like those in New York have very good information on each of the information. Just as an example, if you knew nothing about the one up top, Robert Bruce Malcolm, you can garner some information on there that you might not have known. You have his address, where he was living. You have his country of allegiance, date of birth extremely important for genealogists. And you have two people named as witnesses. So just from that one card, you can gather all kinds of information that will help you kind of peel back that onion, as they say, when you're doing research. If we can move to Number 15, please. Now, what you're seeing on the left-hand side of the page is an actual dexigraph. And you can see -- it was dark. It was a negative copy that they produced. What these are actually naturalization petitions, and they are the second-to-final papers that an immigrant will put in to the court before the court accepts this. These are the actual -- it is the actual paperwork that citizens are granted citizenship on. It's not the citizenship certificate that we're most familiar with where you have groups of people showing up and they have a naturalization ceremony and they take the oath of allegiance and then they are handed a certificate. This is the paperwork that they put in with the court and the court will actually -- the court's the actual arbiter of making a decision of someone's naturalization. And the application is submitted to the court. They meet the residency requirements. Back then, if they had declared their intention to become citizens, their information is then taken and accepted. Most petitions created before 1906 offer little in terms of personal information, and that's pretty standard throughout. Some offer more than others. But in the Victorian era, especially, they're not getting into a lot of personal information. It's really a copy and just a fact of naturalization. That's what they're trying to convey and put down and the person became an American citizen. After 1906, petitions contain generally the same information at the Declaration of Intention. Declaration of Intention is taken out before the petition of naturalization is finalized. When an immigrant walks in and says I would like to take out a Declaration of Intention, they then have seven years in which to complete the process which would be finishing the paperwork that you're viewing on the screen right now. This has to be completed within seven years of someone declaring an intention to become a citizen. If we could move to slide 16, please. Now, what you're seeing on the left-hand side, this is a -- from the United States district court in Boston, this is how they look now on Family Search. Our friends at Family Search have digitized this. I will talk a little bit about this at the end of the presentation. You can see it is not a negative anymore. It is a nice positive copy, and there is some pretty good information in here that's useful for any genealogists. Naturalization records can help you find such things, especially the ones prior to 1906. Prior to 1906, both federal, state, and local -- again, it varies from court to court. But the kind of information you're going to get is it's going to help you find date and port of arrival which can then help you go and search for a passenger list. Place of birth for your ancestor, don't be surprised if you see and Mr. James Mackenzie is here on the left-hand side. He was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He just put Nova Scotia. You see this, it is quite common where you see just simply Ireland. The Irish are famous for this. Or Italy. But some people got very loquacious. They would tell villages and towns and perhaps counties. So it's always worth checking. Now, a typical -- this is -- what you're seeing is a typical naturalization record from 1790 till about 1906 from the United States district court in Boston. These are usually two pages. And they'll usually show such things as the person's address, what their occupation is, where they were born, date of birth, date and place of arrival in the United States which is very helpful for genealogists, again, to make that connection back to the passenger list and their first arrival in the United States. We can move to 17, please. Now, this is the second page of James Mackenzie's naturalization. The reason I wanted to show this is because on the two pages it will show two witness' who will speak for James Mackenzie's moral character, that was attached to the principles of the Constitution. He was not an anarchist. Or anything of the sort but witnesses again were usually co-workers friends or family. Usually these people, if you begin an investigative tread on some of these witnesses, it may open up some other lines for genealogists. If we could move to Number 18, please. Now, on all of these in the middle of the record, you are going to see it says in a said petitioner further represents that he made a primary Declaration of Intention to become a citizen. That means that Mr. Mackenzie walked into it -- you will see it here, it is circled in the middle -- in 1895 walked into the United States Circuit Court in Boston and made a declarative statement and said I'm intending to become a citizen. Oftentimes the information on the Declaration of Intention is not very dissimilar from what you're seeing on a petition for naturalization. But you never know. It can -- if someone moved in the interim or had a very serious life change, information on the declaration could be different than what you're looking at in the final paper. So it's always worth getting the Declaration of Intention for researchers. And as you can see here, James Mackenzie lists the United States Circuit Court in Boston. If a declaration was taken out in the federal court, the National Archives will hold those copies. If it was taken out in a state court, the Waltham District Court or the Salem District Court, for example, the researcher will have to contact the state archives to get a copy of that. I'd like to point this out. I think it's important. Something oftentimes overlooked by genealogists, if they see that, they might not understand what it is. So what we want to encourage researchers to do is to kind of peel back every layer and to find every clue that could be out there for what they're doing. And this is another one for them, another clue to use. So if we could move to Number 19, please. Now, this is an example of first papers or Declaration of Intention. And normally the first papers were completed soon after someone's arrival in the United States, depending on -- depending on the laws that were in effect at the time. Certain groups such as women and children were exempted. After 1862, those who were honorably discharged from the United States military were excused from taking this first step. So if you remember the movie "Gangs of New York," where they kind of set up these recruiting stations right next to ships that were docking from Ireland, prior to 1862, that wouldn't have been taking place because the immigrant would have to go to a court and make a declaration. One of the reasons that they changed the law in 1862 is they desperately needed men for the Union Army. One way of getting that was to be able to directly recruit people right off of the boats. So that was waived after 1862. Until 1906, the content of the Declaration of Intentions varied dramatically from one county to another and one court to another. Again, that is really from -- for most of that paperwork, it really varies both for local, state, and federal courts. And a large percentage of the first papers created before 1906 contain very little biographical information. Now, what you're viewing on the right is the Declaration of Intention for James Mackenzie from the United States Circuit Court in Boston. Declarations taken out in federal court usually contain the following information: Occupation, place and date of birth, where and when the immigrant arrived in the United States. Again, it varies. But it is another avenue to look at, to find information and to really kind of help you complete your research into the individuals. If we could move to slide 20, please. Now, I wanted to show you this. This is a Declaration of Intention for William Edmonds from the Albany, New York City court. And I wanted to just show it as an example of how the information varies from court to court. This declaration gives Edmond's birth date, where he immigrated and his intended settlement. That can be really helpful for genealogists, where did he intend to go. That question isn't asked on any of the ones from New England. When they immigrate wasn't asked. You can see there are differences from these courts. There are a couple of courts that really asked nothing. It was just a person's name and the date that they actual became a citizen or took out their original Declaration of Intention. If we could move to 21, please. Now, this is just another example of a Declaration of Intention from the Court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. This will be held by our Chicago office. But I wanted to show it just to kind of show that really the wide variety of information that's on here. Now, this is for a gentleman named Adam Merkel. If you didn't know much about Adam Merkel, you won't know much after reading this. You will find he is a native of and not much else. Again, it is an example of the really large differences in information in a lot of these records. If we could move to 21, please. Now, I also wanted to show you an example of a non-federal court record. This is from the third District Court of Bristol County in New Bedford. It is known as the mariner capital of New England. So we had a lot of people coming in and staying in the area and settling in and around New Bedford, Fair Haven, Cape Cod area. This is for Charles Lomboy who was a free black living in Fair Haven, Massachusetts. He was employed as a mariner. This naturalization is three pages long. So you can kind of get a sense of the disparity in information that the third District Court of Bristol is asking. And the court in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, they're not asking anything. And if you go into the third District Court of Bristol County, you are being interrogated. Where would you probably go to find out where the least information is being asked and go to that one? This is great if you are researching Charles Lomboy. There is lots of information here about him. You are getting what his occupation was, where he was residing, where and when he came into the United States. On the second page, again, you are getting witnesses. You are getting a lot more information here than just the kind of single page stuff that a lot of the courts were asking. If we could move to 23, please. Again, these are examples of the second and third pages just to kind of show you. It really just points out the disparity in information that really what was going on in the American judicial system at the time, especially in regards to naturalization and naturalization law. If we could move to 24, please. Now, I had mentioned Connecticut and New York a little while ago. I just wanted to show you an example.If you are doing research in Connecticut records, you are in for a huge disappointment. Anything prior to 1906, really pre1907, there's not a whole lot there. As you can see from this, there's just listings of names where people are residing at which most of us already know. We need to know that so we can get to the index and a date of naturalization. So there's really not a whole lot of information. One thing you're getting here, though, is the court that the Declaration of Intention was filed. Now, if you follow this line, if you're doing say, Thomas Canning who is the top guy on the list and you go to the Superior Court and find Mr. Canning's Declaration of Intention, you will find something similar to this right here. They are just listings of names. There is very little biographical or genealogical information for the States of Connecticut and New York. If we could move to 25, please. And, again, this is an example of pre1906 naturalization from the Circuit Court of Northern Illinois. This is really a good example of how information prior to 1906 varied from court to court. If we looked at really kind of wealth of information that you are finding on the record in the third District Court and New Bedford and then take a look at this record, there's not a whole lot here and really if you were doing research into this gentleman, Henry Blogeth you would find very little that's helpful within this page, very little. It is just an example. I like to warn people about that but encourage them to take the dive and look into these records, especially for genealogists but historians as well. But for genealogists, you may have a record that has all kinds of information or you may have something very similar to this that has very little information. But you never know until you find it. If we could move to Number 26, please. Again, this is just another example to kind of show you how really different, radically different things were from court to court to court in the United States especially with regards to naturalization law. This is an United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Again, this comes from our office in Chicago. It is, again, just showing variance in information. If you knew nothing about Adam Merkel, this is his naturalization record, you would know really nothing about Adam Merkel after you finished other than he was from Cleveland. So if we could move to 27, please. Now, one thing I do want to point out -- this really confuses a lot of people -- this is the Section 2 of the naturalization act from 1855. Any woman who is now or may hereafter be married to a citizen of the United States and who might herself be lawfully naturalized shall be deemed a citizen. What does that mean? Well, naturalization for women has always been this really kind of confusing issue. And in general, prior to 1922, women did not naturalize. They simply derived citizenship through their husband or their father. Very few women actually walked into court under their own name and did it, not unheard it. But it was pretty unusual. When things change, when women are granted the right to vote, now they begin to naturalize under their own names. By law they have to naturalize under their own names. So you see this huge influx of women after 1922 when they were granted the right to vote. Keep that in mind, 1922 is really a kind of cut-off date, especially for women. And a lot of times when you are looking on the census and you find a husband and a wife, the wife will be listed as naturalized, she simply derived it from her husband prior to 1922. After that, if you see a woman on the census page, on a census page and it said she's a naturalized citizen, she probably took the paperwork out under her own name so just keep that in mind. That's really important. But, again, it's not unheard it that women did this under their own name. And I wanted to show you this. If we could move to Number 29, please. Slide 29 shows you a record. This is a petition for naturalization pour Barbara Baier. And she applied for citizenship in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on January 29th, 1892. And you'll see in the middle, I've circled it where the clerk had to alter the text as a man of good moral character, crossed "man" out and quote "a woman of good moral character." Again, it was unusual and they had to kind of doctor some of these records to get women naturalized but it wasn't completely unheard of. Some women did -- Mr. Baier had died before he could finish the application process. He was applying for citizenship himself. So when he passed away before he completed the process, the wife picked it up under her own name. Again, this is another naturalization record. This comes from the collection of the National Archives in Boston. It is for Mary Medley from the United States District Court in Boston. Mrs. Medley was naturalizing under her own name, again, because -- this is a different lady -- her husband had died before he completed the naturalization process. While this is, again, unusual to see a woman's name in the petition before the year 1922, some women did naturalize if their husband had died, if they never get married, their father never came here. They're certainly not barred from the process. They could certainly do it. But it was unusual. And this is just another example where we're actually altering documents so under here it says that she is the wife of said Edmond Medley who is now deceased so she is doing this under her own name because of his passing. If we could move to slide 31, please. Now, one thing, when women were granted the right to petition for citizenship under their own name in 1922, women who were married to an alien had to petition for citizenship as if they were aliens themselves. And this was very controversial. It only lasted for about ten years. I might be wrong with that. But it wasn't very long. So if you had a nativeborn woman in the United States who married a foreignborn man who had not yet completed the naturalization process, she lost her citizenship and had to reapply under her own name as if she had just gotten off the boat from a foreign country. It was called repatriation. This is a repatriation naturalization for a Catherine Hogan who was married to her husband James Hogan in 1907. If you look closely, Catherine is not petitioning the court for citizenship until 1943. So there is a huge gap in time there. She just didn't -- we've run into this quite a bit here. I can't speak for other custodial units within the National Archives. But we've had several units who came in, and they were quite bitter about it.One woman came in and said her mother never felt she needed to give up something she never lost. She's quite right about that. She never did give up her citizenship. It was just kind of stripped from her. This is something to keep in mind. I don't know how long this lasted. Maybe just into the early '30s. Can certainly look it up. These are things to keep in mind. Again, it is another kind of layer you are peeling back that onion. Keep in mind that these do exist. If we can move to 32, please. There are other laws -- so between 1824 till 1906, minor aliens who had lived in the United States before their 23rd birthday could filed a petition and declaration at the same time. I believe even today -- I don't think a Declaration of Intention is required. I'm not wholly familiar with immigration law but I think that's the case. Over the years Congress has tweaked these laws and there have been changes but the setup is basically the same. If you are an alien, you come into this country and you a right to walk into any court in the United States of America and say I would like to be a citizen of the United States. You then have an option of taking out a Declaration of Intention to become a citizen in which case you have seven years to complete the process or you can establish residency which I believe is five years, five to seven, and then complete the process that way. If we could move on to 33, please. Now, this is -- so finding these records, how do we find them? How do we locate them? This is a card for a gentleman named Timothy Sullivan. And for researchers to find the direct dexigraph or naturalization record that they're looking for, they need to know the volume and the page number. So if you're looking it up, the most important thing on this index is going to be the third line. You'll see it circled there. It is the USDC Boston which stands for the United States District Court in Boston and then two numbers, 89-98. What that stands for is volume? Volume 89, page 98. That is what you need to now know to find the record for Timothy Sullivan. If we can move to 34, please. Now, our friends at which is free, they are completely free. You can log on and begin searching. They have recently finished digitizing our collection at National Archives-Boston, our dexigraph collection. This information is free. It is available to all researchers. Family Search is currently working on a name index so researchers can search for a person's name but it is not completed yet. So you still have to request an index search. We can do that for you. Or you can search the index via I believe Family Search now has the index now as well. What you're look for is that third line. If you were looking for Timothy Sullivan, what you are seeing on the left here is Timothy Sullivan's actual petition for naturalization. If you were looking for this, you'd need to find that card. If we could move to 35, please. Now the collection is located on Family Search under New England, petitions for naturalization. The year range which Family Search has given for the collection is a little incorrect. It's really for the years -- most important years are going to be 1790 to 1906. I think Family Search put the years in just to give themselves some leeway. But the -- almost really the bulk of the collection is going to be between the years 1790 and 1906. If we could move to the next slide, 36, please. Now, once we get into New England petitions for naturalizations, what you need to do is click on view images in this collection. And it says -- you can see there in the middle, it will say browse through 792,000 images. I believe we're over 900,000 now. I think the entire collection has been put on Family Search. They've completed it. And because you cannot search by a name yet, you have to browse through to find the naturalizations that you're looking for. And as of this program, not all the images have been uploaded. I believe they're just about complete with Vermont, and I think Rhode Island and Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are completely done. When we were putting this presentation together, it wasn't. But they go very quickly and Family Search gets a lot of material up very fast, a lot of these collections. Vermont I do not believe it is complete but everybody else is. If we can move to slide 37, please. Again, this is the index card for a William Bowles of Lowell, Massachusetts, who is naturalized at the United States Circuit Court in Boston. Again, as an example really to make sure that researchers know this, the most important thing is going to be the third line where it says USDC, Boston, Mass, 115-7. That's standing for volume 115, page 7. So now what the researcher will have to do to find this is to get on We have to find the United States District Court in Boston, volume 115 and page 7. We are going to come to Mr. William C. Bowles' actually naturalization petition. If we can move to 38, please. Researchers then have to go on and within this you pick the state which is up top and then you have to pick the court. If you click on Massachusetts, you will see underneath U.S. Circuit Court -- so if we are looking for Mr. Bowles, we would then click on U.S. Circuit Court for Boston. This is under Massachusetts. And we're going through this fairly quickly. But if you log on to Family Search and just start looking around, it becomes pretty clear. It's pretty intuitive how to use this and to -- how to navigate through to find what you're looking for. If we could move to 39, please. Now, again, if we're looking for Mr. Bowles, we've clicked into Massachusetts. We've clicked into the United States Circuit Court in Boston and now we have to click into volume 115. As I've circled here, just click on volume 115. We've located the court which we needed. We scrolled through until we have found the correct volume that we needed. Now, we need to find the actual page number. Now, as you scroll through volume 115 from the United States Circuit Court, what you're looking for is a page number. Now, the great thing about the dexigraph collection is that when the dexigraphs were collected and produced in the 1930s, the WPA put all kinds of identifying information on the side of the card. So you'll see U.S. Circuit Court, Boston, Massachusetts, volume 115, page 7. And this is for William C. Bowles. As you can see, this is some pretty good information about Mr. Bowles on here. If we could move to slide 41. Now, again, I wanted to mention has the index not the actual records. Family Search did the work on this project and did the -- really put everything together, they have both the index as well as the petitions. And you can find both on their Web site. But don't forget that if you are using Ancestry, if you have it at home or using it at the library or using it at one of the National Archives' facilities all over the country, if you find an index, that is how we're going to go about -- we now have to go to Family Search. You go from Ancestry to Family Search to find the actual record. If we could move to 42, please. So I wanted to thank all of you again. I'll take some questions here before we go. But I want to thank you for your time. I hope this shed some light on a really interesting collection that we have here at the National Archives. And it's really one that can be used by researchers and, again, not just genealogists but it can be really great for genealogists but also historians who might be looking at trends and immigration trends and who is settling in what area of the United States in the late 19th, early 20th century. I want to thank Andrea and Know Your Records and all of now for being a great audience. Thank you. >> Andrea Bassing Matney: Thank you so much, Joe. That was very informative. I've been checking online to see if we have any questions and we don't have any at this time. We do have an onsite audience. And I encourage you, if you have any questions at all to ask. You'll have to use the microphones in the aisle. While we're thinking about questions we might have for you, I was wondering, towards the beginning of your presentation, you had given a Web page for soundex. >> Joe Keefe: Yes. So the soundex index is available, again, either on or They both have digitized the index that was created by the WPA. And that would be the soundex index. Now, the soundex, if you go -- if you want to do -- you can search by name obviously. But as I mentioned, if you have a name like Timothy Kelly, it really can be very difficult which one is mine. I mean, how many Timothy Kellies are coming into Boston and New York in the early 20th century. I mean, we can just imagine. So what the soundex will do is helps you kind of go through and look at various spellings. And the Web site that I mentioned it was Steve Morse is a genealogist and he has this great Web site. And I would encourage anyone that goes on to his Web site to kind of play around. He's got some really great material. But if you scroll down under naturalization records, Steve has a place where you can enter a name and it will give you the soundex code. So if you want -- try to figure out a soundex code without the help of someone like Steve is really very difficult.Some of the older guys who used to work here when I first started do it off the top of their head. I can't tell you. It is like one vowel equals blah, blah, blah. But you can do that. Steve -- you just type in the person's last name and Steve will give you the soundex code. So then you have to go from Steve's Web site to or Ancestry which has the index. What you can do -- all you have to do is find that soundex and you can go through it. It is alphabetical by first name. You see the various spellings that are on there. It's a little easier, especially if you have a very common name like Smith or Kelly or Jones or something. >> Andrea Bassing Matney: Thank you so much, Joe, for that answer. Very thorough answer. We do have a question here from our audience. Sir, if you would like to ask your question to Mr. Keefe. >> Thank you very much, Mr. Keefe. It was very informative. If an individual did not apply to the WPA, would their records of naturalization be in the files? >> Joe Keefe: They should be, yes. So if -- the WPA went into each of these courts and they were just using the actual documents. Anybody who became a citizen through any of these courts, their records would be in there and they would be in the WPA project, yeah. I hope that answers your question. >> Andrea Bassing Matney: We have another question that came online from Jan Murphy. She says: Some of the soundex cards have information on both sides. It says over at the bottom of the card. For some cards it seems the second side was not microfilmed. How can we find the second side? >> Joe Keefe: Well, she is very right. And the reason they didn't microfilm the second side, oftentimes if you see that, it says "over please" or "look over," the reason like Ancestry or Family Search didn't digitize that is there's nothing on the back. Oftentimes it will just be use this as the correct spelled name or it might list the court or the date -- it was really just information that when the WPA people were doing the indexing, they jotted some notes on the back like this is the correct spelling, use this or something like that. And it's not really of any value to the researcher. But it is a mystery. So you see that and then there's nothing else. And I can see why people are kind of confused. Usually there is not a whole lot of information. It is just notes that the WPA people were using. If you're curious and you see that, depending on where the court was, especially anything from New England, we do have the originals. So if somebody was interested in getting a copy of the backside of a card that they see, we can pull the card and make a copy for them. That would be no problem at all. Usually, again, it's not going to be very useful information. That's why they didn't microfilm and digitize that information. >> Andrea Bassing Matney: Thank you, Joe. That's a very helpful answer. She came up with a second question.She asks: Any tips on finding the declarations once we have found the petition? >> Joe Keefe: Most of the petitions are going to have where and when someone took out a declaration. That's not always the case. Again, it goes to this variance of the information that was being asked. That's the first place to check. If you check, usually you are going to say -- it is going to say something like this person made a primary Declaration of Intention to become a citizen at and it will give you the court and the date. Really that's what either us or a state archive would need. We just needed obviously the person's name. But the Declarations of Intention were put together by date so we need to have that date. Now, there are some indexes that the courts put together. They're not great. They're kind of clunky to use, but there are -- it varies from court to court. Some courts put an index together for Declarations of Intentions. Other courts, if the person didn't show up or didn't show up to complete the process, they will simply throw away the Declaration of Intention and they simply bound the Declarations of Intention into a large binder and they didn't complete an index. So check the petition first. If the petition has nothing depending on the court, usually what most immigrants would do, they would go to the same court that they went to take out their primary declaration. So if somebody went to the United States Circuit Court in Boston to get their petition, it is a good bet they probably went to the United States Circuit Court in Boston. We can do a search. There are ways to find it.But it can be difficult and the record-keeping practices, especially for something like that, with Declarations of Intention, they were viewed as something it's kind of a placeholder until the petition is finalized. So once the petition is finalized, that thing becomes almost a useless piece of paper and a lot of courts simply disposed of them. But there are some indexes from court to court. >> Andrea Bassing Matney: Thank you, Joe. Our next question is also online from Jay Glasser.The question is: I just followed up on Family Search. My grandfather was naturalized in Connecticut. The card has N340 in the upper corner. What is the next step? >> Joe Keefe: Well, what he's looking at is the soundex code. So for him, that almost becomes moot at this point. What he can do, the next step is send us an email at so he has the information. The Connecticut records were not digitized so they're not available online. So what he needs to now do is contact us and we'll make a copy from the original and send it to him. He is certainly welcome to come in and view the original and make copies himself digitally. But his next step -- that N number is the soundex code. Since he's found that, it's really kind of moot. That doesn't mean anything now. So he needs to take that name and that third line which will give us the court and the volume and the page number and send that to us and we'll go from there. >> Andrea Bassing Matney: Wonderful, Joe. That's very helpful. Are there any other questions? I don't see anything else online. Thank you to our audience members for attending onsite. Mr. Keefe, thank you so much. I know it is unusual to do a broadcast from Boston. But it worked very well. And we have several people who are still watching us online. I ask that if you have any comments or compliments, anything you'd like to say, feel free to add it to the chat. I appreciate hearing back from you. Mr. Joe Keefe, thank you so much for your time. >> Joe Keefe: Thank you so much for having me, Andrea.

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[3] Name on the Register Image Date listed[4] Location City or town Description
1 American Waltham Watch Company Historic District September 28, 1989
185–241 Crescent St.
42°22′01″N 71°14′39″W / 42.366944°N 71.244167°W / 42.366944; -71.244167 (American Waltham Watch Company Historic District)
2 American Watch Tool Company September 28, 1989
169 Elm St.
42°22′18″N 71°13′56″W / 42.371667°N 71.232222°W / 42.371667; -71.232222 (American Watch Tool Company)
3 Joseph Andrews House September 28, 1989
258 Linden St.
42°23′00″N 71°13′04″W / 42.383333°N 71.217778°W / 42.383333; -71.217778 (Joseph Andrews House)
4 Charles Baker House September 28, 1989
107 Adams St.
42°22′02″N 71°14′28″W / 42.367222°N 71.241111°W / 42.367222; -71.241111 (Charles Baker House)
5 Charles Baker Property September 28, 1989
119–121 Adams St.
42°22′00″N 71°14′29″W / 42.366667°N 71.241389°W / 42.366667; -71.241389 (Charles Baker Property)
6 E. Sybbill Banks House September 28, 1989
27 Appleton St.
42°22′33″N 71°13′57″W / 42.375833°N 71.2325°W / 42.375833; -71.2325 (E. Sybbill Banks House)
7 Josiah Beard House September 28, 1989
70 School St.
42°22′40″N 71°14′03″W / 42.377839°N 71.234033°W / 42.377839; -71.234033 (Josiah Beard House)
8 Beth Eden Baptist Church September 28, 1989
82 Maple St.
42°22′04″N 71°14′20″W / 42.367778°N 71.238889°W / 42.367778; -71.238889 (Beth Eden Baptist Church)
9 Boston Manufacturing Company December 22, 1977
144 Moody St.
42°22′23″N 71°14′09″W / 42.373056°N 71.235833°W / 42.373056; -71.235833 (Boston Manufacturing Company)
10 Boston Manufacturing Company Housing September 28, 1989
380–410 River St.
42°22′25″N 71°13′55″W / 42.373611°N 71.231944°W / 42.373611; -71.231944 (Boston Manufacturing Company Housing)
11 Boston Manufacturing Company Housing September 28, 1989
153–165 River St.
42°22′13″N 71°13′20″W / 42.370278°N 71.222222°W / 42.370278; -71.222222 (Boston Manufacturing Company Housing)
12 Brigham House September 28, 1989
235 Main St.
42°22′37″N 71°13′05″W / 42.377030°N 71.218017°W / 42.377030; -71.218017 (Brigham House)
13 Building at 202–204 Charles Street September 28, 1989
202–204 Charles St.
42°22′24″N 71°14′45″W / 42.373252°N 71.245828°W / 42.373252; -71.245828 (Building at 202–204 Charles Street)
14 Francis Buttrick House September 28, 1989
44 Harvard St.
42°22′28″N 71°14′38″W / 42.374444°N 71.243889°W / 42.374444; -71.243889 (Francis Buttrick House)
15 Francis Buttrick Library September 28, 1989
741 Main St.
42°22′35″N 71°14′23″W / 42.376389°N 71.239722°W / 42.376389; -71.239722 (Francis Buttrick Library)
16 Charles Byam House September 28, 1989
337 Crescent St.
42°21′46″N 71°14′35″W / 42.362778°N 71.243056°W / 42.362778; -71.243056 (Charles Byam House)
17 The Castle April 9, 1979
415 South St.
42°22′01″N 71°15′22″W / 42.366944°N 71.256111°W / 42.366944; -71.256111 (The Castle)
This is on the campus of Brandeis University.
18 Central Square Historic District September 28, 1989
Roughly bounded by Church, Carter, Moody, Main and Lexington Sts.
42°22′32″N 71°14′10″W / 42.375556°N 71.236111°W / 42.375556; -71.236111 (Central Square Historic District)
19 Charles River Reservation Parkways January 18, 2006
Soldiers Field, Nonantum, Leo Birmingham, Arsenal, Greenough, N. Beacon, Charles River, Norumbega, Recreation
42°21′42″N 71°09′31″W / 42.361667°N 71.158611°W / 42.361667; -71.158611 (Charles River Reservation Parkways)
Extends into Cambridge and Newton, Watertown and Weston, elsewhere in Middlesex County, and into Boston in Suffolk County
20 Charles Street Workers' Housing Historic District September 28, 1989
128–144 Charles St.
42°22′25″N 71°14′37″W / 42.373611°N 71.243611°W / 42.373611; -71.243611 (Charles Street Workers' Housing Historic District)
21 Christ Episcopal Church September 28, 1989
750 Main St.
42°22′32″N 71°14′27″W / 42.375556°N 71.240833°W / 42.375556; -71.240833 (Christ Episcopal Church)
22 Benjamin F. Clough House September 28, 1989
42–44 Prospect St.
42°22′21″N 71°14′49″W / 42.3725°N 71.246944°W / 42.3725; -71.246944 (Benjamin F. Clough House)
23 Gilbert Colburn House September 28, 1989
110–112 Crescent St.
42°22′11″N 71°14′29″W / 42.369722°N 71.241389°W / 42.369722; -71.241389 (Gilbert Colburn House)
24 Company F State Armory September 28, 1989
Curtis and Sharon Sts.
42°22′10″N 71°14′53″W / 42.369444°N 71.248056°W / 42.369444; -71.248056 (Company F State Armory)
25 Lenoir Dow House September 28, 1989
215 Adams St.
42°21′48″N 71°14′33″W / 42.363333°N 71.2425°W / 42.363333; -71.2425 (Lenoir Dow House)
26 Dunbar–Stearns House March 9, 1990
209 Linden St.
42°22′54″N 71°13′06″W / 42.381667°N 71.218333°W / 42.381667; -71.218333 (Dunbar–Stearns House)
27 East Main Street Historic District September 28, 1989
Roughly E. Main St. from Townsend St. to Chamberlain Ter.
42°22′37″N 71°13′39″W / 42.376944°N 71.2275°W / 42.376944; -71.2275 (East Main Street Historic District)
28 Eastern Middlesex County Second District Court September 28, 1989
38 Linden St.
42°22′40″N 71°13′30″W / 42.377778°N 71.225°W / 42.377778; -71.225 (Eastern Middlesex County Second District Court)
29 Walter E. Fernald State School January 21, 1994
200 Trapelo Rd.
42°23′28″N 71°12′38″W / 42.391111°N 71.210556°W / 42.391111; -71.210556 (Walter E. Fernald State School)
30 First Congregational Church September 28, 1989
730 Main St.
42°22′32″N 71°14′24″W / 42.375556°N 71.24°W / 42.375556; -71.24 (First Congregational Church)
31 First Parish Church September 28, 1989
87 School St.
42°22′42″N 71°14′07″W / 42.378333°N 71.235278°W / 42.378333; -71.235278 (First Parish Church)
32 Henry N. Fisher House September 28, 1989
120 Crescent St.
42°22′09″N 71°14′30″W / 42.369167°N 71.241667°W / 42.369167; -71.241667 (Henry N. Fisher House)
33 Elijah Fiske House September 28, 1989
457 Lincoln St.
42°24′10″N 71°14′55″W / 42.402778°N 71.248611°W / 42.402778; -71.248611 (Elijah Fiske House)
34 Frederick Flagg House September 28, 1989
65 Fairmont Ave.
42°22′19″N 71°15′25″W / 42.371944°N 71.256944°W / 42.371944; -71.256944 (Frederick Flagg House)
35 Daniel French School September 28, 1989
38–40 Common St.
42°22′39″N 71°14′15″W / 42.3775°N 71.2375°W / 42.3775; -71.2375 (Daniel French School)
Now a residential duplex.
36 Fuller–Bemis House March 9, 1990
41–43 Cherry St.
42°22′01″N 71°14′29″W / 42.366944°N 71.241389°W / 42.366944; -71.241389 (Fuller–Bemis House)
37 Gale–Banks House March 9, 1990
935 Main St.
42°22′33″N 71°14′58″W / 42.375833°N 71.249444°W / 42.375833; -71.249444 (Gale–Banks House)
38 William Gibbs House September 28, 1989
14 Liberty St.
42°22′37″N 71°14′01″W / 42.376944°N 71.233611°W / 42.376944; -71.233611 (William Gibbs House)
39 Gilbrae Inn September 28, 1989
403 River St.
42°22′26″N 71°13′58″W / 42.373889°N 71.232778°W / 42.373889; -71.232778 (Gilbrae Inn)
40 Gore Place December 30, 1970
52 Gore St.
42°22′20″N 71°12′41″W / 42.372222°N 71.211389°W / 42.372222; -71.211389 (Gore Place)
41 Grove Hill Cemetery September 28, 1989
290 Main St.
42°22′34″N 71°13′17″W / 42.376111°N 71.221389°W / 42.376111; -71.221389 (Grove Hill Cemetery)
42 Hagar–Smith–Livermore–Sanderson House September 28, 1989
51 Sanders Ln.
42°23′19″N 71°14′43″W / 42.388611°N 71.245278°W / 42.388611; -71.245278 (Hagar–Smith–Livermore–Sanderson House)
43 Hager–Mead House September 28, 1989
411 Main St.
42°22′40″N 71°13′38″W / 42.377778°N 71.227222°W / 42.377778; -71.227222 (Hager–Mead House)
44 Henry C. Hall House September 28, 1989
107 Crescent St.
42°22′11″N 71°14′30″W / 42.369722°N 71.241667°W / 42.369722; -71.241667 (Henry C. Hall House)
45 Ephraim Hammond House September 28, 1989
265 Beaver St.
42°23′10″N 71°12′51″W / 42.386111°N 71.214167°W / 42.386111; -71.214167 (Ephraim Hammond House)
46 Jonathan Hammond House September 28, 1989
311 Beaver St.
42°23′06″N 71°13′00″W / 42.385°N 71.216667°W / 42.385; -71.216667 (Jonathan Hammond House)
47 Nahum Hardy House September 28, 1989
724 Lexington St.
42°23′59″N 71°14′05″W / 42.399722°N 71.234722°W / 42.399722; -71.234722 (Nahum Hardy House)
48 Harrington Block September 28, 1989
376–390 Moody St.
42°22′10″N 71°14′15″W / 42.369444°N 71.2375°W / 42.369444; -71.2375 (Harrington Block)
49 Samuel Harrington House September 28, 1989
Old South St.
42°21′47″N 71°15′35″W / 42.363056°N 71.259722°W / 42.363056; -71.259722 (Samuel Harrington House)
50 Rev. Thomas Hill House September 28, 1989
132 Church St.
42°22′49″N 71°13′57″W / 42.380278°N 71.2325°W / 42.380278; -71.2325 (Rev. Thomas Hill House)
51 Hobbs Brook Basin Gate House September 28, 1989
Off Winter St. at the mouth of Hobbs Brook
42°23′55″N 71°16′25″W / 42.398611°N 71.273611°W / 42.398611; -71.273611 (Hobbs Brook Basin Gate House)
52 Richard Holbrook Houses September 28, 1989
29–31 Heard St.
42°22′34″N 71°13′51″W / 42.376111°N 71.230833°W / 42.376111; -71.230833 (Richard Holbrook Houses)
53 Edwin C. Johnson House September 28, 1989
177 Weston St./8 Caldwell St.
42°22′27″N 71°15′26″W / 42.374167°N 71.257222°W / 42.374167; -71.257222 (Edwin C. Johnson House)
54 Newell D. Johnson House September 28, 1989
428 Lexington St.
42°23′27″N 71°14′23″W / 42.390833°N 71.239722°W / 42.390833; -71.239722 (Newell D. Johnson House)
55 Phineas Lawrence House August 20, 1987
257 Trapelo Rd.
42°23′43″N 71°12′25″W / 42.395278°N 71.206944°W / 42.395278; -71.206944 (Phineas Lawrence House)
56 Lawton Place Historic District September 28, 1989
Lawton Pl. between Amory Rd. and Jackson St.
42°22′29″N 71°13′51″W / 42.374722°N 71.230833°W / 42.374722; -71.230833 (Lawton Place Historic District)
57 Nelson F. Libby House September 28, 1989
147–149 Weston St.
42°22′25″N 71°15′18″W / 42.373611°N 71.255°W / 42.373611; -71.255 (Nelson F. Libby House)
58 Linden Street Bridge September 28, 1989
Boston & Maine railroad line over Linden St.
42°22′48″N 71°13′15″W / 42.38°N 71.220833°W / 42.38; -71.220833 (Linden Street Bridge)
59 Lord's Castle September 28, 1989
211 Hammond St.
42°23′01″N 71°14′50″W / 42.383611°N 71.247222°W / 42.383611; -71.247222 (Lord's Castle)
60 Lyman Street Historic District September 28, 1989
Roughly Lyman St. from Church to Main Sts.
42°22′44″N 71°13′53″W / 42.378889°N 71.231389°W / 42.378889; -71.231389 (Lyman Street Historic District)
61 Aaron Martin House September 28, 1989
786 Moody St.
42°21′45″N 71°14′20″W / 42.3625°N 71.238889°W / 42.3625; -71.238889 (Aaron Martin House)
62 Aaron Martin Houses September 28, 1989
188–194 Adams St.
42°21′51″N 71°14′30″W / 42.364167°N 71.241667°W / 42.364167; -71.241667 (Aaron Martin Houses)
63 Metropolitan State Hospital January 21, 1994
475 Trapelo Rd.
42°24′14″N 71°12′40″W / 42.403889°N 71.211111°W / 42.403889; -71.211111 (Metropolitan State Hospital)
Extends into Lexington and Belmont
64 Moody Street Fire Station September 28, 1989
533 Moody St.
42°22′02″N 71°14′18″W / 42.367222°N 71.238333°W / 42.367222; -71.238333 (Moody Street Fire Station)
65 Moody Street Historic District March 9, 1990
Moody and Crescent Sts.
42°22′18″N 71°14′16″W / 42.371667°N 71.237778°W / 42.371667; -71.237778 (Moody Street Historic District)
66 Mount Feake Cemetery September 28, 1989
203 Prospect St.
42°21′52″N 71°14′58″W / 42.364444°N 71.249444°W / 42.364444; -71.249444 (Mount Feake Cemetery)
67 Mt. Prospect School for Boys March 9, 1990
90 Worcester Ln.
42°23′23″N 71°14′39″W / 42.389722°N 71.244167°W / 42.389722; -71.244167 (Mt. Prospect School for Boys)
68 Robert Murray House September 28, 1989
85 Crescent St.
42°22′13″N 71°14′27″W / 42.370278°N 71.240833°W / 42.370278; -71.240833 (Robert Murray House)
69 Newton Street Bridge September 28, 1989
Newton St. at River St. over the Charles River
42°22′20″N 71°13′45″W / 42.372222°N 71.229167°W / 42.372222; -71.229167 (Newton Street Bridge)
70 North Lexington Street Historic District September 28, 1989
508–536 N. Lexington St.
42°23′35″N 71°14′19″W / 42.393056°N 71.238611°W / 42.393056; -71.238611 (North Lexington Street Historic District)
71 O'Hara Waltham Dial Company September 28, 1989
74 Rumford Ave.
42°22′06″N 71°14′38″W / 42.368333°N 71.243889°W / 42.368333; -71.243889 (O'Hara Waltham Dial Company)
72 John E. Olcott House September 28, 1989
35–37 Central St.
42°22′21″N 71°13′51″W / 42.3725°N 71.230833°W / 42.3725; -71.230833 (John E. Olcott House)
73 The Oxford September 28, 1989
4 Adams St.
42°22′16″N 71°14′21″W / 42.371111°N 71.239167°W / 42.371111; -71.239167 (The Oxford)
74 Robert Treat Paine Jr. House October 7, 1975
100 Robert Treat Paine Drive
42°23′19″N 71°13′50″W / 42.388611°N 71.230556°W / 42.388611; -71.230556 (Robert Treat Paine Jr. House)
75 John M. Peck House September 28, 1989
27 Liberty St.
42°22′40″N 71°14′00″W / 42.377778°N 71.233333°W / 42.377778; -71.233333 (John M. Peck House)
76 Piety Corner Historic District March 9, 1990
Roughly Bacon and Lexington Sts.
42°23′20″N 71°14′19″W / 42.388889°N 71.238611°W / 42.388889; -71.238611 (Piety Corner Historic District)
77 Potter–O'Brian House September 28, 1989
206 Newton St.
42°22′12″N 71°13′48″W / 42.370000°N 71.230000°W / 42.370000; -71.230000 (Potter–O'Brian House)
78 Prospect House September 28, 1989
11 Hammond St.
42°22′36″N 71°14′46″W / 42.376667°N 71.246111°W / 42.376667; -71.246111 (Prospect House)
79 Royal E. Robbins School September 28, 1989
58 Chestnut St.
42°22′08″N 71°14′21″W / 42.368889°N 71.239167°W / 42.368889; -71.239167 (Royal E. Robbins School)
80 John Sanderson House September 28, 1989
564 Lexington St.
42°23′41″N 71°14′15″W / 42.394722°N 71.2375°W / 42.394722; -71.2375 (John Sanderson House)
81 Nathan Sanderson I House September 28, 1989
107 Lincoln St.
42°23′37″N 71°14′35″W / 42.393611°N 71.243056°W / 42.393611; -71.243056 (Nathan Sanderson I House)
82 Nathan Sanderson II House September 28, 1989
111 Lincoln St.
42°23′36″N 71°14′36″W / 42.393333°N 71.243333°W / 42.393333; -71.243333 (Nathan Sanderson II House)
83 Sanderson–Clark Farmhouse September 28, 1989
75 Lincoln St.
42°23′36″N 71°14′29″W / 42.393333°N 71.241389°W / 42.393333; -71.241389 (Sanderson–Clark Farmhouse)
84 Marshall Smith House September 28, 1989
26 Liberty St.
42°22′40″N 71°14′01″W / 42.377778°N 71.233611°W / 42.377778; -71.233611 (Marshall Smith House)
85 Perez Smith House September 28, 1989
46 Lincoln St.
42°23′31″N 71°14′27″W / 42.391944°N 71.240833°W / 42.391944; -71.240833 (Perez Smith House)
86 St. Charles Borromeo Church September 28, 1989
Hall and Cushing Sts.
42°22′08″N 71°14′10″W / 42.368889°N 71.236111°W / 42.368889; -71.236111 (St. Charles Borromeo Church)
87 St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church Complex September 28, 1989
133 School St.
42°22′44″N 71°14′14″W / 42.378889°N 71.237222°W / 42.378889; -71.237222 (St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church Complex)
88 Leonard W. Stanley House September 28, 1989
23–25 Taylor St.
42°22′11″N 71°14′12″W / 42.369722°N 71.236667°W / 42.369722; -71.236667 (Leonard W. Stanley House)
89 Stark Building September 28, 1989
416–424 Moody St.
42°22′08″N 71°14′15″W / 42.368889°N 71.2375°W / 42.368889; -71.2375 (Stark Building)
90 Robert M. Stark House September 28, 1989
176 Main St.
42°22′34″N 71°12′59″W / 42.376111°N 71.216389°W / 42.376111; -71.216389 (Robert M. Stark House)
91 Amos Stearns House September 28, 1989
1081 Trapelo Rd.
42°24′42″N 71°14′12″W / 42.411667°N 71.236667°W / 42.411667; -71.236667 (Amos Stearns House)
92 Henry Stewart House September 28, 1989
294 Linden St.
42°23′05″N 71°13′02″W / 42.384722°N 71.217222°W / 42.384722; -71.217222 (Henry Stewart House)
93 James Swasey House September 28, 1989
30 Common St.
42°22′38″N 71°14′15″W / 42.377222°N 71.2375°W / 42.377222; -71.2375 (James Swasey House)
Probably demolished
94 Frank J. Tyler House September 28, 1989
238 Linden St.
42°22′59″N 71°13′06″W / 42.383056°N 71.218333°W / 42.383056; -71.218333 (Frank J. Tyler House)
95 United States Watch Company September 28, 1989
256 Charles St.
42°22′21″N 71°14′57″W / 42.3725°N 71.249167°W / 42.3725; -71.249167 (United States Watch Company)
96 US Post Office–Waltham Main May 30, 1986
774 Main St.
42°22′33″N 71°14′31″W / 42.375833°N 71.241944°W / 42.375833; -71.241944 (US Post Office–Waltham Main)
97 The Vale December 30, 1970
Lyman and Beaver Sts.
42°23′01″N 71°13′44″W / 42.383611°N 71.228889°W / 42.383611; -71.228889 (The Vale)
98 Waltham Gas and Electric Company Generating Plant September 28, 1989
96 Pine St.
42°22′15″N 71°14′00″W / 42.370833°N 71.233333°W / 42.370833; -71.233333 (Waltham Gas and Electric Company Generating Plant)
99 Waltham Gas Light Company September 28, 1989
2 Cooper St.
42°22′19″N 71°14′01″W / 42.371944°N 71.233611°W / 42.371944; -71.233611 (Waltham Gas Light Company)
100 Waltham High School September 28, 1989
55 School St.
42°22′44″N 71°14′03″W / 42.378889°N 71.234167°W / 42.378889; -71.234167 (Waltham High School)
101 Waltham Water Works Shop September 28, 1989
92 Felton St.
42°22′24″N 71°14′28″W / 42.373333°N 71.241111°W / 42.373333; -71.241111 (Waltham Water Works Shop)
102 Nathan Warren House March 9, 1990
50 Weston St.
42°22′27″N 71°15′12″W / 42.374167°N 71.253333°W / 42.374167; -71.253333 (Nathan Warren House)
103 Benjamin Wellington House September 28, 1989
56 Whittier St.
42°24′48″N 71°14′31″W / 42.413333°N 71.241944°W / 42.413333; -71.241944 (Benjamin Wellington House)
104 William Wellington House September 28, 1989
785 Trapelo Rd.
42°24′24″N 71°13′13″W / 42.406667°N 71.220278°W / 42.406667; -71.220278 (William Wellington House)
105 Wellington–Castner House September 28, 1989
685 Trapelo Rd.
42°24′22″N 71°13′11″W / 42.406111°N 71.219722°W / 42.406111; -71.219722 (Wellington–Castner House)
106 Wetherbee House September 28, 1989
357 Crescent St.
42°21′43″N 71°14′32″W / 42.361944°N 71.242222°W / 42.361944; -71.242222 (Wetherbee House)
107 Warren White House September 28, 1989
192 Warren St.
42°22′45″N 71°12′23″W / 42.379167°N 71.206389°W / 42.379167; -71.206389 (Warren White House)
108 Whitney–Farrington–Cook House September 28, 1989
385 Trapelo Rd.
42°23′54″N 71°12′40″W / 42.398333°N 71.211111°W / 42.398333; -71.211111 (Whitney–Farrington–Cook House)
109 Wilson's Diner September 22, 1999
507 Main St.
42°23′10″N 71°13′53″W / 42.386111°N 71.231389°W / 42.386111; -71.231389 (Wilson's Diner)


  1. ^ The latitude and longitude information provided in this table was derived originally from the National Register Information System, which has been found to be fairly accurate for about 99% of listings. Some locations in this table may have been corrected to current GPS standards.
  2. ^ National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions", retrieved July 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Numbers represent an alphabetical ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  4. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
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