Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Way Back Wednesday....
Diego Bianco
My great-grandfather had a very short life, arriving in 1906 with his parents from Bianco, Provincia Reggio Calabria Italy. He was a very successful businessman by the time he married in 1917 to my great-grandmother. They had three sons, the eldest was my grandfather. He died after a prolonged illness in 1934, leaving a young family. His widow, having inherited a considerable sum of money at his death (during the great-depression) began to buy and sell real estate and turned it into a flourishing business which eventually made her a Millionaire and Icon in the Italian community here. I was fortunate enough to have known her, she passed away when I was 18.
The reason I chose Diego for today's WBW is that I have just this past week started ordering the records from Massachusetts, Maine and Pennsylvania which I will eventually submit to the Italian Consulate here in Boston to apply for my heriditary Italian Dual- Citizenship. Diego never became a citizen of The United States. His children, as native born Americans had no need to ever apply. What this means is that no member of my family has renounced Italy because it was not necessary. This allows me and my sons to "re-claim" our Italian Citizenship rights.
It is a lengthy process, and quite expensive (I ordered 14 Records from Massachusetts at $28 each plus $10 each for Official Certification from The Secretary of State of Massachusetts). But it is a project I am so exited about, as are my two sons. When it is complete, they register my birth and the births of my children in the town where Diego was born. It is the same as if we had been born there.
The only pre-requisite for the type of Citizenship (Juris Sanguinis) is that you do not have an ancestor that became a citizen of The US via Naturalization, unless it was after the birth of their American born children, or if their children were Italian-Born, after they reached the age of 18. I have a great-grandfather on my father's side as well who died in his 30's and never obtained citizenship. I was eligible through both my parents, but I chose to go through Diego.

Blogger Doug said...
Wow, that's really cool! The conditions seem awfully complicated, but I suppose governments subsist on complexity.

Blogger Ur-spo said...
how exciting to be able to be a citizen of more than one country.
I wish I could do that.

Blogger DEREK said...
it's been so long since I've visited you! Hope your doing great mr! I've missed your writing, your pictures and your insight.