German Law/German CItizenship from maternal Great Grandfather
QUESTION: My mother's mother's, father (my great grandfather) was born in the US from German parents who did not become US citizens by the time he was born. Am I a German citizen under ius sanguinis?
I don't know if it matters but I was born in 1979 and my grandmother in the 1920's and my great grandfather, grandmother, or mom never served in the military.
ANSWER: Hello Rob,
the answer depends on whether your grandmother was a German citizen and whether your mother was.
Citizenship can only be passed down through ius sanguinis if the chain is un-interrupted through the generations.
See no. 2 of my FAQ about German citizenship: http://moser-law.com/faq.htm#citizenship
In order to find out about this, we would need to research all of the citizenship-relevant records for your ancestors and the laws in place at the times between your great-grandfather coming to the US and now, with all their changes. A complicated (and therefore expensive) endeavour unfortunately.
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QUESTION: Thank you for the answer.
The only reason that I asked is because some web pages say that citizenship can only be passed from father to child, not from mother to child if the parents were married when the child was born.
Does citizenship pass from either mother or father in the same way?
the answer to that question again depends on when the birth occurred and on the law in place at the time of your or your ancestor's birth. As the German citizenship law has changed a number of times throughout the turbulent 20th century, there is no one answer for all cases.