Hi, need some help about naturalization laws
- I just joined the group. I am trying to determine what to do next. I
have researched several sides of my family, and husband's family,
saving the best (or worst depending) for last.
My ancestors immigrated to the US during the time there was no Poland,
(bet 1900 - 1915) although they were Polish. We seem to have several
"step-parents" in this family- step father for my paternal
grandfather, step-father for my paternal grandmother. I am about
stepped - out!!!
My grandfather was naturalized in 1934 in Wisconsin. Did this
automatically naturalize his wife (my grandmother)? If not, are there
any other records that will help me find her maiden name? Her name is
on his petition as being his wife but only her first name along with
the names of 12 of their 15 children. The oldest was also born in
Poland (or Galicia), was he automatically naturalized at that time?
He was 20 years old in 1934.
I know there must be some type of Alien records, if she was not
naturalized, but, if so, where would I get them from, and would they
have her maiden name on them?
There are only 3 of the original family left, and are 80, 84, and 86
years old, with not so sharp memories of things.
The biggest contention is the maiden name of their mother. On every
birth certificate, it states her maiden name as Nowak. On her death
cert, (informant her husband) it states her father's name John Nowak.
But these 3 sisters insist that it is Gasior. That is of course a
whole other story.
I have been to the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS in town and I have
ordered 1 microfilm to view. Haven't heard back from them yet. Has
anyone ever viewed one from another country? What did you think?