Write to these people in the following format--I have had excellent luck with them but be patient as they are very busy. They will usually reply with a letter stating they are in receipt of your request--then it can take 3-6 months to hear from them again. If you do not hear back, write again, sending a copy of your original request. If your grandfather WAS naturalized, these people will have the records. Good luck!
U.S. Department of Justice
Re: Alien Registration Forms
To Whom It May Concern,
I have been informed by my local INS Office that all aliens residing in the United States in 1940 had to register and that copies of these forms are available through your office. Under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) I would like to receive copies of the full Alien Registration form and/or Naturalization forms for my Grandparents as follows:
2. Name: (For a female ancestor)
Note--In example one--I have left these for you to see that you do not have to KNOW exact information, but you do want to provide as much as possible. Also, if you should get a letter back saying they cannot find the papers, see what other info you might be able to add, and insist that you know they were naturalized or living at a particular place. Remember, they receive thousands of these requests, and many have the same names and sometimes, very similar info. Finally, don't forget to send the self-addressed stamped envelope (the standard 4 x 9 will do). Good luck!
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