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My great grandmother bought a house and land in 1870 (including her father's name on the deed), then later married a man from Ireland. He was naturalized 10 years later, but someone told me she would have lost her citizenship upon marriage and have to apply again. Is that correct and would that have affected the house status?
Kim - This is an interesting question. You may need to ask a researcher experienced in 19th century women's legal status and citizenship regulations, but I would start by gathering information such as: Where was the land and house located? What was your great-grandmother's native citizenship? If she was a U.S. citizen, was she born here or naturalized? What were the property rights of women in the state where the house and land were located? Was the property held in her name only, or in joint tenancy with someone else? Good luck with your research.
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