USCIS index search for American born ancestor?

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USCIS index search for American born ancestor?

Postby RussoTiesi » 29 Aug 2011, 16:59

I'm trying to find out if my grandfather (born 1910 in Chicago to an Italian immigrant who probably didn't naturalize) ever naturalized before my father was born in 1941. Assuming that I have to first request an index search from USCIS, I downloaded their form G-1041, Genealogy Index Search Request.

The form requests information such as "Immigrant's Full Name." I'm confused--my grandfather was born in the U.S. and was not what I would normally consider an immigrant. Am I using the wrong form? Or does USCIS consider an immigrant to also be the nonnaturalized offspring of a nonnaturalized immigrant, regardless of where that child was born?

I'd appreciate anybody who could clarify this for me.

Thanks.
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Re: USCIS index search for American born ancestor?

Postby JJ313 » 29 Aug 2011, 17:08

Your grandfather (born 1910 in Chicago) is a US citizen by birth. You need to search his father's (your great-grandfather) naturalization record. If your great-grandfather naturalized prior to your grandfather's birth you will not qualify.

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Re: USCIS index search for American born ancestor?

Postby johnnyonthespot » 29 Aug 2011, 17:48

Also, if great-grandfather naturalized prior to June 15/June 30, 1912, then his children born prior to that date - regardless of whether in Italy or the US - would not qualify.

This is an effect of the 1912 revisions to Italian citizenship law and is enforced by many consulates - San Francisco and New York City for certain.

JJ313 is correct: you need to research your great-grandfather's naturalization.
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Re: USCIS index search for American born ancestor?

Postby RussoTiesi » 29 Aug 2011, 19:55

Thanks for a straight answer to a pretty dumb question! I'm not sure what I was thinking. I'll go ahead and request the index search for my great grandfather.
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