Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Consular Registration Certificates, 1907-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Original data:

Consular Registration Certificates, compiled 1907–1918. ARC ID: 1244186. General Records of the Department of State, 1763–2002, Record Group 59. National Archives at Washington, D.C.

About U.S., Consular Registration Certificates, 1907-1918

Whether naturalized or native born, American citizens who intended to stay in a foreign country for a protracted length of time were required to register with the American consulate and file an "Affidavit to Explain Protracted Foreign Residence and to Overcome Presumption of Expatriation." This collection covers the years 1907–1918 and includes certificates filed by citizens at U.S. consulates and legations. The forms may provide the following details:

  • name of registrant
  • consulate where registered
  • date and place of birth
  • general travel data
  • names, places of birth, and residences of spouse and children
  • registrant's current place of residence

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