This Month’s Articles of Interest

DNA Testing for Beginners

Canada History – 16 January 2020

Charlie Baker Wants to Restrict Access to Birth, Death and Marriage Records

www.boston.com – 31 January 2020

New England Historical Genealogical Society Statement in Opposition to MA Governor’s Budget Proposals Limiting Access to Public Records

American Ancestors – 13 February 2020

Concerns Raised about Gov’s Proposed Limits on Access to Vital Documents

Worcester Telegram – 15 February 2020

Modern Humans May Have More Neanderthal DNA Than Previously Thought

Smithsonian Magazine – 4 February 2020

The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon – from FamilyTree

Family Tree Webinars announces “The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon”,

An event hosted by FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage. The marathon will begin on Thursday, March 12 at 5pm Eastern U.S. time (Friday, March 13 at 8am Sydney time) and end on Friday, March 13 at 5pm Eastern U.S. time (Saturday, March 14 Sydney time).

Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24 to register (free!)

You will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world’s top genealogists and educators. From advanced Googling to DNA, from The Great Lakes to Australia and Germany, there’s something for everyone… in every time zone. And thanks to FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it’s completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes.

How to Listen In

Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24. Live attendance is limited to the first 3,000 attendees. If you can’t join us in real time, we’ve got you covered: all recordings will be available absolutely free for a week. Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a webinar membership to FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

The Lectures

Viewers will enjoy a wide variety of lectures of genealogy and DNA. Each class will be 45 minutes long including time for questions at the end. The full schedule is shown at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24.

Free Webinar from American Ancestors

Mayflower Resources on AmericanAncestors.org”

Thursday, March 19, 3-4 p.m. EST

AmericanAncestors.org offers the largest online collection of searchable Mayflower genealogy databases in the world, including scholarly journals, compiled genealogies, indexed GSMD applications, and study projects. Learn how to leverage these resources in your family history research at this FREE webinar.

Presented by Don LeClair, Associate Director, Database Search and Systems.

Click HERE to register.

24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon – March 12, 13, 14 – FREE!

Family Tree Webinars announces “The 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon”, an unprecedented event hosted by FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage. The marathon will begin on Thursday, March 12 at 5pm eastern U.S. time (Friday, March 13 at 8am Sydney time) and end on Friday, March 13 at 5pm eastern U.S. time (Saturday, March 14 Sydney time).

Visit www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24 to register (free!)

You will learn how to trace your ancestors from the world’s top genealogists and educators. From advanced Googling to DNA, from The Great Lakes to Australia and Germany, there’s something for everyone… in every time zone. And thanks to FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage, the entire event is free! Pop in for a session or two, or stick around for the full 24 hours — it’s completely up to you. There will even be time for Q&A and door prizes.

How to Listen In

Register at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24. Live attendance is limited to the first 3,000 attendees. If you can’t join us in real time, we’ve got you covered: all recordings will be available absolutely free for a week. Beyond that, you can watch them anytime with a webinar membership to FamilyTreeWebinars.com.

The Lectures

Viewers will enjoy a wide variety of lectures of genealogy and DNA. Each class will be 45 minutes long including time for questions at the end. The full schedule is shown at www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com/24.

Women and Naturalization – Pre-1922

Excerpt from the Fall 2019 Issue of the American Ancestors Magazine

Before 1922, a woman became an American citizen as part of her husband’s or father’s naturalization process.  Naturalization records for male relatives can include relevant information on female family members.  The Expatriation Act of 1907 required a U.S.-born woman who married a foreigner to assume the nationality of her husband, therefore losing her own American citizenship.  Between 1907 and 1922, an American-born woman who married an alien eligible for citizenship could regain her own American citizenship, but only by going through the entire naturalization process as if she were a newly arrived immigrant.  The steps included providing character witnesses and taking the Oath of Allegiance.  The Cable Act, passed September 22, 1922, repealed the 1907 law, but women who had married aliens and lost citizenship during the Expatriation Act still had to submit to the full naturalization process.

In 1936, a new act allowed a woman who had lost her citizenship through marriage, a “marital expatriate”, to apply for repatriation, provided she was no longer married to her alien spouse – whether through death or divorce – by submitted her U.S. birth, marriage, and divorce records (her her husband’s death certificate), then taking the Oath of Allegiance. On July 2, 1940, a new act allowed all women who lost their citizenship by marriage to repatriate – regardless of marital status.  But they still had to take an Oath of Allegiance and swear they had continually lived in the United States since their marriage.  Women could repatriate at any District Court, and these repatriation applications are part of Record Group 21 at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) branch holding records for that District Court.