My understanding is that "Alien Registration Act" of
1940 (Smith Act) was a U.S. federal law passed in 1940
that made it a criminal offense to advocate violent
overthrow of the government or to organize or be a
member of any group or society devoted to such
advocacy. One of its provisions was the maintenance of
a register of aliens residing in the USA and this is
the relavent part to genealogists.
The empowering legislation was enacted in 1940, hence
there was no law prior to this date requiring an alien
to register, for the purposes of this act.
Of course the end of hostilities, extinguished the
original need to register, however after World War II
this statute remained on the books and was made the
basis of a series of prosecutions against leaders of
the Communist Party and the Socialist Workers Party.
(BTW, the Nazi invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939,
marked the beginning of World War II. Japan concluded
a separate surrender ceremony with China in Nanking on
Sept. 9, 1945. With this last formal surrender, World
War II came to an end.)...Encyclopaedia Britanica.
If I understand your question correctly, there were
still "other" registration requirements like
immigration, births, deaths & marriages. The "Smith
Act" is not all encompassing.
> So by what you are saying...this means that there is
> no registration, PROIR
> to WW2. I am told by two different sources that my
> grandmother came from
> Bohemia Czech or Penn....I have requested a copy of
> her death cert...but it
> has not come yet. She was born in 1888...somewhere,
> but I don't know.
> Rosemary - Las Vegas
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