Re: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Digest Number 450
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> Message: 3Julie,
> Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2000 11:12:12 -0500
> From: "J. Michutka" <jmm@...>
> Subject: naturalization & passport questions
> Two questions: Has anyone tried getting a New York Naturalization
> Petition? I specifically want to know if there's a charge, if you were
> billed or paid some set fee in advance. I called the NY County Clerk
> today, and I couldn't get a clear answer from the person who took my call
> (I don't think he could give a clear answer to "what time is it?"); very
> Second question: My great grandmother came to the US, a couple of years
> later (1906) went back to Slovakia for a few years, and then came back to
> the US permanently (ca. 1909). I don't think she ever became a citizen,
> almost certainly not at this early stage. Would she have needed a passport
> (ca. 1906) to leave the US? I tried looking this up in a couple of books
> and on a website, but no place did anything state that even non-US-citizens
> (resident aliens, I guess we'd call them now) had to apply for a US
> passport. Wow, it'd be great if I could find a document like that for her!
> Thanks for any help!
> Julie Michutka
Have you located her in the 1910 and 1920 census? They were the keys to finding my grandparents'
naturalization papers (which I got through the NARA web site). Both of the census records reflect
citizenship status. Mine were in the "applied" status in 1910 and were citizens in 1920, so I was
able to tell NARA that they became citizens while residents of PA during that time-frame. I got the
naturaliztion papers in 11 days from the date of my initial email! It is worth a try.