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15 December 2012

"Pa" Might Not Mean Pennsylvania or Dad

In a United States census enumerations, the abbreviation "Pa" on citizenship status means that "first papers" have been filed. Those first papers usually include the declaration of intent and if recent enough may reference actual passenger list information. And filing first papers does not guarantee the person actually completed the process and became naturalized.


  1. Oh thanks! I always wondered what that abbreviation meant.

  2. Thanks for the tip, now I know what it is since I could not find it anywhere to tell me.