- Paper copies made by my great-aunt in the 1970s when her husband was researching his genealogy to join the Sons of the American Revolution (my great-aunt went with him and looked up a few things on her own family).
- Paper copies I obtained myself in the early 1990s because I was unaware of the earlier set of copies made by my great-aunt.
- Digital copies from Fold3.com,
- This set of color images.
|Naturalization record of Focke J. Goldenstein, obtained in his homestead application file|
Goldenstein had to prove his citizenship before his homestead application could be approved. This document apparently has the actual seal of the Dawson County, Nebraska Court on it.
The document appears to have been one printed on blank forms for use in Illinois. However, if Goldenstein had obtained this copy in Illinois, it should have had the actual seal from Knox County, Illinois, on it--instead of the word "Seal" written on it. In other homestead files where the applicant was a naturalized citizen, I've seen the actual naturalization papers or a certified handwritten copy made by a local official where the homestead application was being completed. Those copies are usually certified transcriptions where it is clear that the entire thing was handwritten from a copy the applicant had. This document does not quite appear to be a copy like that. It would be odd for the Nebraska court official to have blank forms for Illinois on hand.
We will have more on this document in later posts. We've not even touched the following issues:
- Why was Goldenstein's age at immigration important?
- Why did he naturalize in Knox County, Illinois?
- Who were his witnesses?