Thursday, February 17, 2011

Naturalized by my Step-father

Early in Volume 1, we discussed the daughters of an ancestor by his third wife. This wife immigrated to the United States in the early 1880s and had married again.

The wife had become naturalized via her marriage to the man she married in the United States. I was not certain about the daughter's citizenship status. While wrapping up citations for another article, I came across a reference that likely explained what happened. It discusses a case where the mother's marriage to an American citizen after the natural father's death naturalized the children.

Down the road we'll be doing an update on Gesche Fecht Weerts Grass Heyen. She was my 3rd great-grandfather's third wife and the husband who ended up naturalizing her daughter was her third husband.

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