Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hilda's Certificate of Naturalization

Hilda Maria Carlsson Gillberg Certificate of Naturalization Cropped
My paternal great-grandparents, Carl and Hilda Gillberg, emigrated from Sweden to the United States in the early 1900s. Both Carl and Hilda eventually became United States citizens. In a previous post, I shared with you a copy of Carl's Certificate of Naturalization. Today I'm happy to share with you a copy of Hilda's Certificate of Naturalization.

You may remember that Hilda's husband Carl filled out two Declarations of Intention, the first one in 1924 and the second one in 1939. It appears that Hilda only filled out one Declaration of Intention in 1939.

Carl became a citizen on July 10, 1942, and Hilda became a citizen on November 20, 1942. I wonder why they didn't become citizens on the same day.

Information listed in this document:
  1. Age – 64 years old
  2. Sex – Female
  3. Color – White
  4. Complexion – Medium
  5. Color of Eyes – Gray
  6. Color of Hair – Gray
  7. Height – 5' 1" Tall
  8. Weight – 186 Pounds
  9. Visible Distinctive Marks – None
  10. Marital Status – Married
  11. Former Nationality – Swedish
  12. Bonuses – Hilda's Photo and Signature (Hurray!)
  13. Address – 12306 Wick Street, Roscoe, California

As I said before, I'm so thankful my Grandma Ingrid saved copies of her parents' Certificates of Naturalization in her Books of Remembrance. Thank you Grandma for preserving family history treasures for your descendants to enjoy!

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Replies
    1. Hi Birgitta,

      Thank you so much! You are very kind and I appreciate you visiting my genealogy blog.

  2. Don't you love that these naturalization papers have photos?

    1. Hi Heather,

      Yes. What an awesome bonus to these documents!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Great details and a photo too! And a bonus that the certificates were actually saved! Cheers.

    1. Hi Celia,

      So true! Thank you Grandma Ingrid for saving these copies!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      Haha! Yes, she was a rather short woman. Isn't it great that these documents have this kind of detail included? It's so interesting to read the physical descriptions of my ancestors.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. What a great keepsake... with photo and signature! Definitely a bonus for being a 'recent immigrant.'

    1. Hi Sally,

      Yes, this is definitely a wonderful keepsake for the family.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  6. There are many stories of travel and immigration in your family, and I always enjoy reading about them! Thanks for sharing with us the rich fabric of your family history.

    1. Hi Mariann,

      Aww, thank you! You're so sweet!

      Thank you for your kind comments and for stopping by!




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