A couple of weeks ago I was digging through some "old" stuff of my parents and found my father's certificate of citizenship (dated December 15m 1938).My father went by the name of Mike and signed the certificate Mike Salmich, even though the certificate said Pero Salmic.I have often wondered how he got the name of Mike. However, I noticed on the back of the certificate that it stated "name changed by decree of Court from Pero Salmic, as a part of the naturalization."I guess I will never know why he chose the name Mike!We thought maybe his name was Pero Michael (but now know that was not the case).
Evidently when my mother married my father, because he was not a citizen, she lost her citizenship (she was born at Streator, Illinois).She got her citizenship back a month after my father on January 10, 1939 (the two certificates were together).She told me once that she had to reapply for her citizenship.I did some research on the internet and found that to be true.However, the law has changed.
What I found...Citizenship Documents issued by INS since 1906..it stated.
"Files documenting the repatriation of women who lost U.S. citizenship by marriage to an alien prior to 1922, and who resumed U.S. citizenthip under the Act of June 25, 1936".
I find it strange that she lost her citizenship because they were married in 1922.
However, in turn, from 1790 to 1922, women were either naturalized through their father's citizenship or that of their husband, so there are very few naturalization records found for women before 1922.An Act of September 22, 1922 removed marriage as a cause for naturalization.....a married woman now had to be naturalized on her own.
Just thought you might be interested in what I found.