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Chicago Naturalization Searches: What the "730" Means

If you search the Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 at FamilySearch, you'll probably come up with a card like this one: If the court is listed as Circuit, County, Criminal, or Superior then the record is held by the Cook County Circuit Court Archives . If the court is listed as District, then NARA Great Lakes has the record. But, what if no court is listed? Recently I had a client send me the two cards below and I wasn't sure how to follow up because no courts were given. (I removed the names for posting.) A quick email to NARA solved the mystery. The "730" prefix is the code for the United States District Court in Chicago. If you visit NARA's page on naturalizations  you'll find a link that will let you order copies of naturalization records online for $7.50 (includes postage). If you need naturalization records from the Circuit Court Archives, you can submit a request by mail or I can retrieve them for you fo