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getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 28 Aug 2010, 18:46

Both of my parents were born in italy in 1910 and 1897. both have passed away. i was born in 1950.....in the united states....can i get dual citizenship i hope this is correct place to ask the question since i am new at this ...thanks frank

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 28 Aug 2010, 19:17

Yes, by one of two methods.

1) Since you have an Italian ancestor "up to the second degree" ( parent or grandparent), you qualify for the shortened route to naturalization which requires that you reside legally in Italy for a period of three years.

2) If either your father or your mother (since you were born after December 31, 1947) was still an Italian citizen at the time of your birth, then you already are an Italian citizen - all you have to do is to prove it to the satiisfaction of your nearest Italian consulate.

Can you tell us more about your parents? Especially anything you know about their citizenship/naturalization status.
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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 29 Aug 2010, 02:28

thanks for your fast response. my parents were born in Platania, a coastal city in Calabria. my name is frank bonadio. there are about 30 bonadio families living in platania, a lot of which are related some way. my parents came to the states in 1929 and got married in new kensington, PA......not certain what they did about citizenship.......how could i find out about that? i really appreciate your help

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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby johnnyonthespot » 29 Aug 2010, 12:02

Father's first name?

Mother's full maiden name, if you know it?

Perhaps we can find some clues about their naturalization status.
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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby johnnyonthespot » 29 Aug 2010, 12:53

Frank, from your other thread in the Italian Genealogy forum, no, obtaining a US Social Security number is not an indication of citizenship. Not then, not today either.
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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 30 Aug 2010, 04:12

thanks

my fathers name was michael bonadio born i think in march of 1897 in platania calabria. mother had 2 maden names,,,,one was curcio who was the family that raised her.sharecroper family at castle....her other maiden name was cianflone...her great grandfather was a direct decendent of Duke ferdinand IV who was living the Decolatora. his castle was headquarters for the march on Girabaldi.italian revolution then he fled to Austria....my great great great grandfather the duke got all the land from the church as my mothers line goes back to a cardinal in the church around 1100 century

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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 30 Aug 2010, 04:44

my dad goes by mike bonadio on SS death index died in Ohio my mother under mary bonadio died in ohio..........maiden name curcio hopefully spelled correct

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 30 Aug 2010, 13:14

I found two travel manifests for a Michele (Italian spelling of Michael) Bonadio from Platania to Pittsburgh, PA. Both are into New York's Ellis Island, one aboard the San Guglielmo on March 19, 1914, the other aboard the Giulio Cesare on August 23, 1922. They are clearly both the same person.

I also found this petition for naturalization, again, apparently for the same person. I am sorry to say that, if this is your father, then he naturalized in 1928, long before your birth, thus cutting off this line for jus sanguinis citizenship.

There is still a chance that your mother retained her Italian citizenship and so that route may still be open.

PS: I know you said your father came to the US in 1929, but you would be amazed at how often this sort of information turns out to be incorrect...

Let me know if you think this is your father:

http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz12 ... onadio.jpg

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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 30 Aug 2010, 18:42

it could be my father. he was a shoe maker....not 100% certain

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 30 Aug 2010, 19:35

On the 1922 manifest, this Michele Bonadio says he is coming to visit his uncle, Giuseppe Torcasio at 624 Loret Street (possibly should be Loretta Street?), Pittsburgh.

The 1914 manifest says he left behind his father Giuseppe in Platania and coming to stay with uncle Carlo Bivilaqua at 616 Lowell Street, Pittsburgh.

Do any of these names mean anything to you? I would suggest there is a very good chance that this is your father.

Any idea when your parents married?
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Postby johnnyonthespot » 30 Aug 2010, 19:57

Here is the WWI era draft card for (almost certainly) the same person, and a blank card so that you can see the field descriptions.


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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 30 Aug 2010, 22:10

i think they were married in 1929 give or take a year or 2......i think they were married in pittsburgh or new kensinton pa.......i recognize greenfield ave where my uncle joe lived

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Postby johnnyonthespot » 31 Aug 2010, 16:16

Frank - moving on to your mother, do you know much more about her?

I found a manifest coming into Boston on March 27, 1921, the S.S. Patria. On this manifest are the following persons, all from Patania:

Rafaele Curcio, aged 50, male
Tomasina Gallo, aged 48, his wife
Ferdinando Curcio, aged 12, male
Francesco Curcio, aged 11, male
Maria Curcio, aged 10, female
Michela Curcio, aged 8, female
Concetta Curcio, aged 20, female

All travelling to meet Rafaele's brother, Angelo Curcio in Kensington, PA.

Is this Maria your mother Mary?
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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 11 Sep 2010, 18:55

yes that is my mother maria born in 1910 she was 11 years old in 1921

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Re: getting dual citizenship

Postby frank44 » 11 Sep 2010, 18:58

tomasino was moms mother and rafaele was her father


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