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Citizenship papers in the late 1800's

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    Posted: 30 Nov 2016 at 20:16
Hi everyone. This is my first time here, but I have a important research question to ask you all. How long would it take a German male to get his Citizenship, if he took them out or filed in 1879? That's all the information I have. Born in Germany. "Took out his citizenship papers"for the U.S. in Sept 1879. He entered through New York.

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Dan
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The American Party wanted to limit immigration and put forward a policy of twenty one year wait for citizenship in the mid to late 1800's. They more or less got their way for ten years until the Civil War.

There were increasing limits on who was allowed in as swathes of German and Irish settlers arrived to escape issues at home. The Chinese Exclusion Act prevented immigrants from that origin arriving at all. Those considered unsuitable such as the diseased, mentally impaired, or regarded as culturally dangerous were also refused entry. Entry to the United States had previously been administered by the various states themselves, but 1875 it became a federal responsibility.

Arrivals at Ellis Island....
http://classroom.synonym.com/process-did-immigrants-through-arrived-ellis-island-late-1800s-9519.html

To gain citizenship, an approved resident immigrant needed a sponsor from public service on application.

More info on immigration...
http://dcc.newberry.org/collections/immigration-and-citizenship

But the process you are looking for is here under the subject of Provisions...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalization_Act_of_1790

Edited by caldrail - 03 Dec 2016 at 14:58
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