I am currently trying to gain Italian citizenship (Jure Sanguinis) through my grandfather on my father's side and would appreciate some advice. Documentation that I can find so far is sketchy. So far I have found:
1. Ellis Island ship manifest showing my grandfather arrived in the US in 1909.
2. His WWI draft card,
3. His marriage certificate dated 1920
4. My father’s birth certificate dated 1925
5. the 1930 census,
6. His Dept of Justice Alien Registration Identification Card (original)
7. His WWII draft card.
8. Social Security Death Index1968
I know I need to get his birth record from Italy and his death certificate from New York City, amongst other things.
I need advice with the following:
The 1930 census shows PA under naturalization, which means he had submitted his first papers for naturalization but was not yet a citizen. I assume he never completed the process because he had an alien registration identification card dated 1942 (which indicates he was an Italian citizen). Since my father was born in 1925 can I assume Jure Sanuinis is valid?
Also, the 1930 census also shows he was a veteran of WWI. I read on another forum that people have been denied citizenship because service in the US Army during WWII. Would this also apply to WWI, do I have a problem? Interesting enough while I was growing up no mention was made that he ever served, and my mother says he must have lied. I am not sure how to ascertain if he ever served since WWI records are almost nonexistent.
Thanks in advance, Palma