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  • Joanne M Belles
    When I was in junior high (1971-73) I remember one of my classmates was a legal resident alien (Cuban). I think I remember her showing me her green card and
    Message 1 of 7 , Sep 16, 1999
      When I was in junior high (1971-73) I remember one of my classmates was a
      legal resident alien (Cuban). I think I remember her showing me her "green
      card" and telling me she had to go every January & register. So up until the
      70's it was still in effect? Make any sense?

      Joanne, New Jersey
      -----Original Message-----
      From: JArcher360@... <JArcher360@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@onelist.com <SLOVAK-ROOTS@onelist.com>
      Date: Thursday, September 16, 1999 6:51 PM
      Subject: [SLOVAK-ROOTS] Alien Registration Form


      >From: JArcher360@...
      >
      >This has been a few years ago, but we used the form called "Application for
      >Verification of Information from Immigration and Naturalization Service
      >Records." We asked for all material in file. We received three different
      >alien registration forms--the first dated 1940 was fairly complete; 1943
      >were only address record cards, and 1945 brought us a wealth of
      information.
      >Not sure when the process of Alien Registration began and ended but it
      surely
      >gave us info which we would never have had. But it is useful only if your
      >relatives were permanent residents rather than naturalized citizens.
      >
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    • Alan ANTOSKA
      Ahoj, Alien Registration was enacted in 1940, after WW2 started in Europe in 1939. The US joined the War after the attack on Pearl Harbour (Dec 7, 1941). The
      Message 2 of 7 , Sep 16, 1999
        Ahoj,
        Alien Registration was enacted in 1940, after WW2
        started in Europe in 1939. The US joined the War
        after the attack on Pearl Harbour (Dec 7, 1941). The
        War ended in 1945.
        I don't know when the need for registration ended.

        --- JArcher360@... wrote:
        > This has been a few years ago, but we used the form
        > called "Application for
        > Verification of Information from Immigration and
        > Naturalization Service
        > Records." We asked for all material in file. We
        > received three different
        > alien registration forms--the first dated 1940 was
        > fairly complete; 1943
        > were only address record cards, and 1945 brought us
        > a wealth of information.
        > Not sure when the process of Alien Registration
        > began and ended but it surely
        > gave us info which we would never have had. But it
        > is useful only if your
        > relatives were permanent residents rather than
        > naturalized citizens.




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      • Jgally
        How do you get this form? Where do you write to? Thanks
        Message 3 of 7 , Sep 16, 1999
          How do you get this form? Where do you write to? Thanks
        • Rosamken@xxx.xxx
          Alan: 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
          Message 4 of 7 , Sep 16, 1999
            Alan:

            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
          • Alan ANTOSKA
            Ahoj Rosmary, 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
            Message 5 of 7 , Sep 17, 1999
              Ahoj Rosmary,
              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.


              --- Rosamken@... wrote:
              > 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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            • Rosamken@xxx.xxx
              Alan .... thanks for the information regarding Alien Registration Form. The information that I need researching is around the late 1800 s. My grandmother was
              Message 6 of 7 , Sep 18, 1999
                Alan'....

                thanks for the information regarding Alien Registration Form. The
                information that I need researching is around the late 1800's. My
                grandmother was born in 1888, and I ahve reason to believe she was born
                here...and that her MOTHER was the one that immigrated. A "Philomena CERNY"
                was found on Pasenger and Immigration CD #354, in 1883 at age 19.......could
                be her mother.

                Oh well, it is a waiting game.

                Thanks again for all your information. I find it very helpful.
                Happy Hunting,
                Risemary - Las Vegas
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