1 Reply Latest reply on Apr 29, 2019 8:42 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Dual citizenship in 1914


      If someone was born abroad in 1914 of a U.S. naturalized father and a non-U.S. mother, what were the rules as to her citizenship when she reached adulthood?

        • Re: Dual citizenship in 1914
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Ms. Mund,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          Whether the child received “birthright citizenship” in two countries depends on the country of origin for each parent. 


          The U.S. is a birthright country that allows acquisition and retention of dual nationality through birth in a foreign country and/or through an alien parent, so the child would have received U.S. citizenship through their father as long as he had resided in the US for a given period of time prior to the child’s birth.  The parents should have submitted paperwork to receive a Consular Report of Birth Abroad which would have served as the primary proof of U.S. citizenship for the child. Please note that not everyone completed this step.


          For a search for and/or copies of a report, please the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. These also are available in digital form and can be viewed online via Ancestry for a fee. Or you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via ALIC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at http://www.archives.gov/locations/.


          Whether the child received dual citizenship through the mother’s country will depend on that nation’s birthright citizenship and dual nationality rules.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


          [Information provided by Elizabeth Burnes, Subject Matter Expert]


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