When I left off with my last post, we were hopeful that Zenophile Lanctot had been naturalized, and if he was, it had to be between 1883 and 1899. The problem now is finding out where it happened.
I took another look at the land records and, on what appears to be the file jacket, I saw a notation that says “Aug. 2, 1889. Non-alienation” with the initials W.C.H. next to it. I guess that narrows down our time frame to between 1883 and 1889.
I took a look at Zenophile’s children, and did one of those V-8 head slap things when I realized that he had a son born in Saunders County, Nebraska in 1887 and another son who was born in 1889, in an unknown location. These two children were born during the time that Zenophile would have been eligible to submit his Petition for Naturalization and receive his Certificate. Now I was on the hunt for some naturalization records from Nebraska.
Neither FamilySearch nor Ancestry had anything of value. So I Googled. Aha! There ARE records to be had. Unfortunately, the records have not been digitized, but they are on microfilm. And they were indexed back in the 1930s and 1940s by the WPA. So I headed over to the Nebraska State Historical Society to see if I could check the index.
Not much of an index, but at least I’ve narrowed it down to one roll of microfilm. Now I just have to figure out how to get my hands on film RG528, reel #6.
I poked around on the Nebraska State Historical Society website. They really don’t have much to offer in the way of digitized records. Then I realized why … $80/hour research fee, billed by the half hour (so I’ll be paying a minimum of $40)! So I kept poking. They have microfilm available for interlibrary loan … for only $10. Clearly, that’s the way to go. I’ll head over to my local library and get that done.
In the meantime, I’m sure I can find something else around here to work on …
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