A Look at Some Early Naturalization Certificates

This article appeared on the New-York Historical Society's From the Stacks blog on July 19, 2017.  
This post is by Elizabeth Vitek, Cataloger, American Historical Manuscript Collection.

The process of becoming a naturalized citizen in America is older than the United States itself. Before the United States was an independent nation, a person of foreign nationality had to become a naturalized citizen of the American colonies through the British Supreme Court. On April 11, 1763, Gregory Ritchy of Whitemarsh in Philadelphia County (today Montgomery County) became a naturalized citizen: READ MORE