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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-10-07 10:35 AM
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hi all! any dual citizens here?
didn't even know y'all were here. how great!

so, anyone here a dual citizen? i am told i am entitled, 2 grandparents (one in each side) were born there, and all great-grandparents were. i am trying to get birth certs together. i have a lot of info on my dad's side, very little on my mom's.
i have a friend who still has family in dublin, and who goes back twice a year. she is trying to track down more info right now. i am hoping that she can get a birth cert, so that i wont have to try to get it from here.

any done this? or even gotten such docs? was it hard?
i found out i could do this about the beginning of the war, and i heard at the time that there was a long wait. i have basically just been sitting on my ass all this time....
i live in chicago, so there is an irish consulate here. not sure how much help they can be. or how much they want to be. but i understand that heritage travel is a big business.

and- a big shout out to all my cousins here!
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 01:31 PM
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1. Green with envy here...
My great grandparents were from there, I'm told... but I can't trace it back.

I wanna move there.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-11-07 08:46 PM
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2. my aunt put together a geneology book
quite a gift. traces my dad's side back to my great, great grandfather, and the family's arrival here in 1874.
my mom's family lived here in chicago, and i tried to get the docs for that side, but the county couldn't find my mom's birth cert, so i am stymied for now. i probably could find it with a little persistence. but if i can get the docs for what i have, i can apply. i am told that, although it is not a right, once i have it, i can apply for my kids, and it is generally granted.
never been there, but my friends promise that if i can go along with them some time. i need to save up for next summer. (i can't do ANYTHING without a deadline.)
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KatyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-17-07 11:39 AM
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3. Dual US/Irish checking in
It took awhile for me to get all of my docs, and then of course there's the amount of time it takes for the Irish gov't to process the application. I'd say all in all, counting document gathering and waiting, it took about 18 months.
I had to get my grandfather's birth certificate from Donegal from the 1880's; there's a company in Donegal happy to do local searches for you for a fee (can't remember the name offhand), but that's only for Donegal. I'm sure whatever county your people are from has similar companies, as Irish genealogy is a big hit in the States, so they're happy to cash in ;)

By all means, keep it up, it's great to have 2 passports. We lived in Ireland for about 14 months, and loved it. We're in the UK now, but I think we'll end up back in Ireland eventually.
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