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20 May 2012

Were the Rules Skirted?

Keep in mind that before 1906, naturalization procedures were not consistent throughout the United States and it is always possible that your ancestor had not quite met the residency requirements before he naturalized. Use dates of naturalization as estimates for when an ancestor immigrated--keeping in mind he might have lived in the United States longer than the minimum time or he might have shaved a year or two off for whatever reason.

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