Re: Question On Becoming A Citizen in 1920s Canada #canada


Hi Janette,

The other information that doesn't fit your narrative is that person's
nationality as U.S. when applying for Canadian citizenship. That person
would have had to been in the U.S. for 5 years to gain U.S. citizenship.
That means, if he arrived in Canada in 1920, and say he left Canada
immediately upon receiving U.S. citizenship, he would have been in the
U.S. from at least 1915.
Yes, I'm aware of the rules for citizenship in the U.S. I know he (Sam)
probably came early, because his uncle arrived in Montreal in 1899
(according to his U.S. naturalization papers) and then boarded a train
to NYC and settled there, although, so far, I haven't found the uncle on
a manifest (ship did not arrive on the date and year listed on the
papers). I suspect the brothers traveled together with Sam, but I have
yet to prove that. So, the U.S. citizenship doesn't concern me, since
it would fit. What I don't get is how Sam could have gained Canadian
citizenship so fast - immigrating to Montreal in 1920 and taking the
Oath of Allegiance in 1923. How was he able to cut out two years of the
process? That's what puzzles me. This side of the family has always
been a huge mystery, and this is just one small part of that!

On a side note, by any chance would you happen to be related to an
Abraham Silverman of NYC, who died in 1970? He was the owner of Lenox
Wallpaper. The original family name was Krasnopolsky.

Jeri Friedman
Port Saint Lucie, Florida

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