|Australian War Brides|
Have you ever wondered how your War Bride ancestor left foreign land to set up home in the USA? Take a look at the old Good Housekeeping Magazines. The magazine during the WWII era advised the War Brides on how to set up house in USA! This publication partnered with the US Office of War Information
To search for your war bride in the USA, begin your research using the NARA, Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at the Port of NY, 1944-1948 (M1417). Up to twenty military ships provided transport across the seas. Keep in mind that some of the brides chose airlines to America!
Researchers of immigrant ancestors have already learned that many veterans were naturalized while serving in WWI and WWII. But many find it shocking that after the Sept 11 2011 attacks, immigration laws and the USCIS procedures continue to make it easy for military personnel to naturalize. When researching your more recent immigrant ancestors, know that about 29,000 foreign born serve in the US military today and are not American citizens. Approximately 8000 permanent immigrants with green cards join the armed forces annually. The idea is “persons serving honorably in active-duty status in the US Armed Forces at any time on or after Sept 11, can apply for citizenship, even if they have only one day of .honorable active duty service and regardless of how long they have been a US resident.” Begin your search with the veteran’s military file: Veteran Service Records
Be sure to also visit: Female Ancestor Citizenship Confusion.