Re: Children and naturalization, two personal mysteries #general


from my own family history:
My father's cousin arrived in US >from Poland on July 28 1914. WWI began
that day. He left wife and infant daughter in Poland. He served in the US
Army, a quicker way to citizenship in those days. After the War his wife
and child came over, I have a copy of her passport application where she
states she is a US citizen as a result of her husband's naturalization.

As for laws regarding emigrating and leaving children- All you have to
do us see a few ship passenger lists and see the number of mother's with
small children coming to meet her husband/their father who preceded them
to the US. It was the rule rather than the exception.

Birthdays- The Gregorian calendar was never adopted in the Russian
Empire. It changed in Russia after the Revolution. The Jews lived under the
Hebrew calendar. It is another case of the rule rather than the exception
that dates in US civil records, recorded after the fact as they were, were
often best guesses.

I'm not sure this applies in your case, but one reason for a younger age
on an immigration document is- fares for children under a certain age
were lower.

David Rosen
Boston, MA

On 12/25/2013 1:56 AM, David W. Perle wrote:
Hi, all. I came across a couple of odd things about my grandfather and
his family's U.S. naturalization, which I was hoping for some insight on:

Mystery #1

My grandfather (Sam BLUM) arrived at Ellis Island in July 1920, having
left his home in Poland which at the time was part of Russia. I know that
he did--I have the passenger list with that date showing him, his mother,
his brother, and his sister, and it shows that they were on their way to his
father's place in Cleveland at the address where I know that my
great-grandfather resided. It's them.

On his father's (Leiser/Louis BLUM) petition for naturalization in 1911,
my grandfather Sam's and his siblings' names are provided and it's also
written, "Born at Russia, reside at Cleveland, Ohio." Again, this is **nine
years** before they actually arrived. Now, in 1920, six months before they
arrived, my great-grandfather Leiser's Order of Court Admitting Petitioner
is stamp-dated January 15, 1920, and it is actually written in, "By the
Court: Admitted on condition he brings his family to the U.S. in 6 mos."
Whereas it was suggested on the 1911 paperwork that his children were in
Cleveland, it was acknowledged here that they were still in Poland.
(Interestingly, It was always stated that Leiser's wife--my
great-grandmother--was always still in Poland.)

My grandfather's index card says that he was naturalized at age 10. As
far as I can tell...he and his siblings were naturalized before they even
left their home in Poland to come to the U.S?? Was that even
possible/common?? (It just seems so odd to me that individuals would become
citizens in the U.S. before ever leaving their home country!)

Mystery #2

Now here's another thing. As far as my mom has ever known, her father
(Sam BLUM) was born September 10, 1910. However, on my great-grandfather
Leiser's petition to naturalize where it gives my grandfather's and his
siblings' names, it also states that my grandfather was born *August 5,
1909*. It is recorded that my grandfather was naturalized when he was 10
years old in 1920--evidently in January 1920--and that age only works with
that supposed 1909 birth date vs. when my mom always understood that her
father was born.

I have a theory. If my grandfather's birth date of 9/10/1910--which is
what my mom always knew to be her father?s birthday--is true, then that
means that his father Left Poland for the U.S. within a week or so of my
grandfather's birth. What I'm wondering is, were there prohibitions against
a father leaving his family with such a young child (say, within a year old)
at home, either by Polish/Russian law or by U.S. standards for accepting a
new immigrant, so that he perhaps lied about his child's age, adding 13
months to his age?

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