Naturalisation and Denization Records

TheGenealogist has over 400,000 naturalisation records available online to the family history researcher. The records cover the years from 1609 to 1960. Before 1844, naturalisation was granted by a private Act of Parliament. This process of naturalisation was expensive and only a few could afford it. Denization on the other hand, although requiring a payment was a more affordable option, however, this offered less rights than a fully naturalised citizen (where full rights were granted and you became a subject of the Crown), as a ‘Denizen’ you were subject to alien rates of tax, unable to vote, hold civil or military office or inherit land.

After 1844, naturalisation was extended to the Secretary of State for the Home Office to make the judgement on all naturalisation applications.

TheGenealogist also has over 5,000 Huguenot records available to view as well, covering the influx of Protestant refugees from Holland and France escaping religious persecution at the time.

There are a number of well-known people who became naturalised British citizens who are discovered on TheGenealogist. People such as Egon Ronay, TS Eliot and William Waldorf Astor, Michael Marks (of Marks & Spencer) and author Henry James all have their naturalisation records listed.

Thomas Stearns Eliot, born in 1888, was an essayist, publisher, playwright and one of the renowned poets of the 20th Century. Born in St Louis, Missouri in 1888, he emigrated to England in 1914 and became a naturalised British citizen.

Case Study: Thomas Stearns Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot, born in 1888, was an essayist, publisher, playwright and one of the renowned poets of the 20th Century. Born in St Louis, Missouri in 1888, he emigrated to England in 1914 and became a naturalised British citizen.

Searching on TheGenealogist in the Home Office Naturalisation Records, his details can be found from 1927.

Case Study: William Waldorf Astor

William Waldorf Astor was a wealthy American attorney, politician, businessman and newspaper publisher. Born in 1848, he moved with his family to England in 1891 and became a British citizen in 1899 as can be seen on TheGenealogist:

TheGenealogist also includes a direct link to order a copy of the certificate from The National Archives.

In 1908, he opened the Waldorf Hotel in the West End of London, to establish an American style hotel in London. Noted for his contributions to war charities, he was made a Peer and later became Viscount Astor in 1917.

Case Study: Lester Henry Sinclair

A number of people, particularly those from Eastern Europe, decided to anglicise their names when becoming a British citizen.

For those researchers who knew their ancestors originated from abroad, or if it's a brand new surprising discovery, the new set of records provide more information on those previously hard to find records.

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