Re: 1935 naturalization by a wife whose husband was naturalized in 1922 before the new law #usa #general


Hello Gary,

I found the husband's granted naturalization petition at FamilySearch, examined the back side of that document, and see that the order admitting Jerome to citizenship was on February 15, 1923 (the petition was filed earlier in 1922).  Here's the link that worked for me  

Lena may have assumed she became a citizen on her husband's petition not realizing the law had changed.  She might have discovered her noncitizen status if she applied for any relief during her husband's illness and learned she must naturalize to qualify for the benefit.  Or maybe some other reason.  But it seems clear she did not derive citizenship through her husband's naturalization prior to Sept 22, 1922.

Marian Smith

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