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


Gary Pokrassa
 

I want to thank the people who responded here - that is why this JG discussion board is such a wonderful asset to all of us......that gives a definitive answer to my questions!!!
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Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division


Risa Heywood
 

Hi Gary:

You were essentially asking two questions.

1) Why did Lena apply for citizenship if her husband had naturalized prior to September 1922?
 Marian gave you a great answer.

2) What were the meaning of the dates at the bottom of her petition?
It looks like those were the dates from when Witness 1 and Witness 2 knew Lena.
1st wit: January 1, 1906  Rose Wanshel knew Lena from 1906.
2nd wit: January 1, 1929 Irving Aaronson knew her from 1929.
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Risa Daitzman Heywood
Arizona


Marian
 

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 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G9MD-M8P2?i=306&cc=1999177.  

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


David Harrison
 

In Great Britain at the start of the twentieth century and earlier although the names of children were on the papers of the wife was not.  She was part of her husband as his chattel in a married unit; if he died and she was alive, her status reverted to her previous nationality a year after his death..  An archivist at our National Archive, after a chat with colleagues, gave me that answer.  This may well have been the case elsewhere, in which case, the lady had possibly been given a warning by a friend.  AND was much happier on that account also when her beloved returned to good health.
David Harrison, Birmingham, England



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I would appreciate insight by JG’ers…..why would a wife file for her naturalization in 1934 receiving approval in 1935 when her husband was naturalized in 1922 before the law changed?   There are several markings on the attached page 1 of the petition:

 

  • petition filed under Sec 2 Act of September 22 1922
  • 1st with …January 1 1906
  • 2nd with …..January 1 1929
  • then lower again 1st with …January 1 1906

I am assured her husband never lost his citizenship but did become ill about the time she filed although he recovered and lived long after that…….but even that would not answer why she filed herself…

Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division


Mike Coleman
 

Were they still married?

Mike Coleman   London  U.K.


Gary Pokrassa
 


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I would appreciate insight by JG’ers…..why would a wife file for her naturalization in 1934 receiving approval in 1935 when her husband was naturalized in 1922 before the law changed?   There are several markings on the attached page 1 of the petition:

 

  • petition filed under Sec 2 Act of September 22 1922
  • 1st with …January 1 1906
  • 2nd with …..January 1 1929
  • then lower again 1st with …January 1 1906

I am assured her husband never lost his citizenship but did become ill about the time she filed although he recovered and lived long after that…….but even that would not answer why she filed herself…

Gary Pokrassa
Data Acquisition Director
Ukraine Research Division