Re: Naturalisation - Women - Early 20th century #unitedkingdom

Jill Whitehead

My understanding was that the woman was automatically naturalised when her husband was naturalised. Until women got the vote (as Harvey Kaplan says) women were considered chattels of their husbands in law. But this system continued until quite late on. I have been researching the Viennese Jewish family that occupied my house for 46 years before we moved in. They came over as refugees in 1939 and naturalised in 1947. The husband and wife had a joint naturalisation, with the man being considered the head of the household ie the certificate was in his name not hers. However, their unmarried adult daughter had to naturalise separately.   So there was one rule if you were a married woman and another if you were a single woman. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK

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