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Migration North to Alaska

Homesteading and Citizenship


Many who came to Alaska chose to make it their permanant home. Some did so by filing a homestead claim after the Homestead Act was extended to Alaska on December 6, 1897. This allowed settlers to receive land and railroad builders to obtain necessary rights-of-way from the government.

Foreign settlers began the citizenship process by filing a Declaration of Intention for Naturalization form with the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

More information on naturalization records is available from the National Archives.


The Documents

Extension of Homestead
Act to Alaska
Public Law 55-95

Homestead Act
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National Archives and Records Administration
Records of the U.S. Government
Record Group 11

Declaration of Intention #445
Arne Simon Kristaffer Erickson,
9/1/10
Declaration of Intention for Naturalization
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National Archives and Records Administration
Records of the District Courts of the United States
Record Group 21


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