While at NARA Waltham, I was able to find Henning Valfrid Anderson’s naturalization record. Coming to America, he changed his name to Henry Walfred Anderson. I located his record first in the Index for New England Naturalization Records for 1790-1906.


He was naturalized at the District Court in Salem, Massachusetts on 6 November 1905.

The record states that:

Henry Walfred Anderson, by occupation a painter, an alien and free white person now residing at No.7 Commercial Street in Marblehead. That he was born in Goteryd in the county of Kronobergs Lan on or about the day of 25 February 1883

Henry emigrated from Sweden to Boston arriving on 12 June 1900.

His witnesses were James R. Watts residing at 7 Commercial Street in Marblehead and Joseph H. Blaney residing at 48 Hawkes Street, Marblehead.

After fact checking Henry’s stay in the US through passenger manifests, Henry falsified information when he testified that he had resided continuously in the United States for 5 years. He said he left for the United States on 12 June 1900, but he had also returned to Sweden in 1903 and arrived back in Boston 1904. This reinforces the fact that the information given on this record must be taken with a grain of salt, especially his date of arrival.

Source: Petition for naturalization of Henry W Anderson, 6 Nov 1905, District Court of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, certificate no. 1-1273.

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