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Is this your person of interest?
First, here is an overall view of the system and potential records:
Specifically read "The Records." This identifies, "Previous to 1903 a
majority of courts did not require petitions or affidavits (basically means no documents
were filed)... the rest is self explanatory.
Before attempting to contact governmental offices, there is a volunteer on the Random Acts
of Genealogical Kindness that might be able to give you some background information:
This person Pat Pfremmer's online bio indicates a
knowledge of the availability of records and being a law librarian would know the court
The Superior Court of Santa Cruz County, (I'm assuming the record was clear about
which US State this Santa Cruz County was located? There is also one in Arizona). You
can call or write to the Court Clerk, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, telephone
831-420-2200, and ask about their naturalization records. Be prepared to hear they
don't have any, which maybe the truth, the person doesn't know the truth, or
doesn't want to learn the truth. This is a very busy court system and the clerks are
very busy handling the current cases, as well as obtaining court records for more current
cases for Subject, Attorney's, other agencies, etc. That is why you should contact
the above person first. You could try emailing the court also:
The Church of the Latter Day Saints maintains naturalization records for Santa Cruz, CA:
---However, the microfilm only covers petitions numbered 50-550, 1909 to 1927.
You could contact them and ask if there is any additional microfilms added. However, I
suspect there isn't.
I had checked other entitites, this was the only one I found having ANY records of
naturalization for Santa Cruz County. The CA Library:
The California State Archives:
does not list _any_ records for Santa Cruz county.
US Naturalization files. In the event his naturalization was through the US District
Court system, but only was naturalized at the County Superior Court, I checked the
"simple" way of obtaining records. They do not go back to 1889:
One additional source for obtaining naturalization documentation is the Bureau of Land
Management. They have a database of land patents issued under the Homestead Act.
However, today, it is offline; may be back later. BUT, the land is usually found in the
US Census as being the person's farm, if still residing on that property. In this
event, I checked the US Census for Gerolamo Torre and found who I believed to be him in
the 1910 census living in Oakland on his own income; thus, he didn't appear to have
been a person with land.
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