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02 December 2014

Naturalized Via the Parent?

When a man naturalized in the United States in the 19th and early 20th century, his minor children automatically became naturalized as well, even if their names are not listed in the naturalization. When foreign born Ekke Behrens applied for a homestead in Nebraska in the 1880s, he included his father's naturalization as proof of his citizenship. 

If you are unable to locate a naturalization for your foreign born ancestor, consider the possibility that his father's naturalization served as his naturalization as well.


  1. Good tip. Did the wife automatically become a citizen when the husband was naturalized?

  2. She did in the United States before the passage of the Cable Act in 1922.

  3. Yes, that is a great tip and a good clue as to when a family actually immigrated. Thanks for sharing.