Next Meeting, March 28: Dr. Jill Martin, Women’s Derivative Citizenship and Its Impact

On March 28, 2017, Dr. Jill Martin will present the following program for the Southington Genealogical Society.

Women’s Derivative Citizenship and its Impact

Married women in America had derivative citizenship from their husbands until the passage of the Married Women’s Independent Citizenry Act of 1922. Derivative citizenship means that a woman derived her citizenship from her husband.  An immigrant woman marrying an American citizen automatically became an American citizen.  An American woman marrying an alien or immigrant who had not naturalized as an American citizen, lost her own American citizenship, and in the eyes of the United States, took the citizenship of her husband.  This presentation will explore the legal and practical issues that arose from that derivative status, including immigration, alien registration, voting, and naturalization, and their impact on genealogical research.

Jill E. Martin is Professor and Chair of Legal Studies at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School, and a Master’s of Arts degree in history from Yale University.  She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. She completed a certificate in Genealogical Research at Boston University, and attended the National Institute of Genealogical Research (NIGR) at the National Archives, and the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University. She has presented at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Her ancestors are from the New York City area, via Ireland, Germany, and Italy.

The meeting will be held at The Orchards at Southington in their second floor community room at 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge and no obligation to become a member. No reservations are necessary. The facility is handicapped accessible with an elevator.

The Southington Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization located in central Connecticut that promotes the accurate recording, research and preservation of family history. The society regularly meets at 7:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every month, except December, at The Orchards at Southington, 34 Hobart Street, Southington, Connecticut. For more information, contact the society at and

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