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Subject: Re: [APG] Question on women having passport in 1905
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 07:51:52 EST

Women did not apply for naturalization for a very simple reason. Under US
law, a wife was automatically the citizen of what ever country her husband
was. In fact this is how a number of native born American women lost their
citizenship. They married a non US citizen. Sometime in the early 20's I
believe, the law was changed to this did not automatically happen and then sometime
later, the law changed and both the man and women had to apply to become
citizens. A special application was created that allowed native born US women to
apply to regain their American citizenship. Minor children were
automatically citizens once their father became one.

Julia Coldren-Walker

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