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Madison Co., Ill - Immigration & Naturalization Documents, 1850-1959

Illinois-citizenshipThis database is searchable by names of individuals, alias names, spouse or child names, specific years and type of documents for Madison County, Illinois. All together there are 122 volumes. This is an important collection because the full documents cover over the general St. Louis area, right at the Missouri/Illinois state line.

The details in these immigration and naturalization documents is tremendous. For example, Illinois--Jubb_WilliamWilliam Franklin Jubb, his physical description is given (along with the mention that he was missing his second finger on the right hand at the joint), his age, birth location, date of birth, which ship traveled on, port he arrived at, his marital status, occupation, spouse’s name along with the date of his intention to become a US citizen.

Not all the immigration documents are as detailed, it did vary over the years what information was required on the form.


When you put a surname in the search box, it will check for that name also as a given name, so there might be quite a few to search. Put in a variety of surname spellings also. Especially with immigrants, there could have been changes to a name spelling over the years.  Illinois-Wolfbrandt_Oskar

Finding a document that fits your family tree can be very helpful. You can save the online scanned document. Use the button on the right side to ‘downtown’ the image to your computer.

Reminder, there are usually several documents a person completes before they finally become a citizen. So check fully all related documents.

There is an index of alphabetical names on a web site tab listed at the top you could view to see if there is anything similar.

The Madison Co. clerk’s office also has online documents related to: Slave Emancipation Register Pages, Probate Indexes and Probate Books, some covering up to the 1970s.

Photos: Documents on William Franklin Jubb from England in 1923 and Oskar (Oscar) Wolfbrandt from Denmark in 1894.

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