German Law/Jus sanguinis (right of blood) and German nationality.
I recently came across your blog while researching Jus sanguinis (right of blood) and German nationality. Just a short background my brother and I are both South African citizens living in Thailand in a sort of 'self-imposed exile' from our home country. I recently met up with a German friend who suggested that I look to see if I had any German ancestry as, Jus sanguinis might be a solution for me since my brother and I do not wish to return to South Africa.
I managed to find German Ancestry on my maternal grandmotherís side. Although it is a direct link, it unfortunately goes back to 1730. I so far have half the christening certificates. Before I pursue it any further I would like to know if it's even possible to claim ancestry. If it is, what would the next steps be?
most probably not, for several reasons:
- Before 1975, only fathers could pass on German citizenship. If you had female German ancestors who were married to non-Germans, the line stopped there.
- Between 1871 and 1913, Germans living abroad lost German citizenship if they didn't register with a German Consulate every 10 years. Not many people did that, and even if they did, we would need to prove that now.
- German citizenship is lost once a German citizen applies for the citizenship of another country. If any of your ancestors applied for another citizenship before the next in line was born, the line was interrupted there.
I am sorry that I don't have better news, particularly as you have done impressive research over so many generations back.