From the early 1900s going forward, the Ferro stories had continued in Waltham, Massachusetts. All legal aliens having properly processed through Ellis Island, most had naturalized, becoming Italian American citizens. In A Door To Their Hearts, I tell their stories as a whole, chronologically, as the events had occurred. Here, however, I have separated the facts by the individual, in order to give you an accurate overview of the timeframe in which it had taken each to achieve citizenship in the United States.

The first to declare his intentions to naturalize in 1926 was Vincenzo Ferro, the tailor. This was the first step to complete the very long naturalization process. If you recall, it wasn’t until two-and-a-half years later when he had received his acceptance notification as United States Naturalized Citizen. If you recall, his wife and son were not even in the country yet.

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A year and a half after Vincenzo had declared his intentions, Maria Antonia Ferro filed her Declaration of Intention paperwork as well. You might remember her better as Mary, the abandoned wife of Antonio Ferro and mother of their five children. Technically, they were divorced by the time her naturalization process had initiated. Hers had been an even longer process. It was 1932 before her naturalization was approved and finalized.

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My Uncle Charley, Charles Ferro, initiated the naturalization procedure in April of 1934. During the years he’d waited he became a married man. His Petition to Naturalize, the second phase of the process arriving in August of 1936, had corrected his marital status and home address. It was in June of 1937 when he’d taken his Oath of Allegiance, a three-year wait. Now, because he’s my mother’s brother, I was able to get the complete records thanks to his granddaughter, my second cousin Brenda.

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Signorino Ferro was in the United States for better than thirty years before he declared his intentions to become a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1936. Again, it was three years, 1939, before his naturalization came through.

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It was March the twenty-first 1939 when the mother of four children, Filippa Ferro Rigoli, started her naturalization process. On February 1, 1943, the petition portion had been completed, with affidavits from her two loyal friends. Five years after initiating the naturalization process, she took her Oath of Allegiance on January 17, 1944. The war had slowed the processing of such documents for Italian born citizens, even though by then she’d been in the United States for twenty years.

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It wasn’t until 1941 that I tracked down the missing, presumed dead, Antonino Ferro in San Francisco, CA. You see, I hadn’t located Mary Ferro’s naturalization records just yet, which would’ve explained her husband’s disappearance from the Waltham City record books. He had declared his intentions to naturalize on January 9, right around the time the United States had joined World War II. On December 6, 1943, Antonino became a naturalized citizen of the US, but five months later he died. Rightfully, the bastard got what he deserved after abandoning his family, but I’ll talk more about that when I discussing the death records in a future blog post.

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In February 1941, two years after her husband, Rosalia Ferro, Alien Reg. #1654950,  appeared in US District Court to be sworn in, after having filed her intention and petition documents and received her acceptance to become a naturalized citizen.

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Vincenzo the tailor’s son Ignazio Antonino, who we now know went by his middle name, was in the military when he declared his Intention to Naturalize documents on June 29, 1942.

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During the war, legal aliens who had not naturalized were forced to register as aliens. At all times the registrations card had to be carried by the person of whom it was issued for the purpose of identification, and during wartime, there were restrictions and curfews given to legal aliens. My Aunt Vita’s, Vita Ferro Cavallo registration number was 3017355. She never naturalized.

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At age sixty-two and sixteen years after she’d joined her husband in America, Margherita Ferro, alien Reg. #1977475 and petition #278421 had officially become a naturalized citizen of the United States on April 16, 1945. Remember, before her arrival her husband Vincenzo had already declared his allegiance to the US. In the same year that his mother naturalized, Ignazio Ferro had completed his too, on August 22, 1945 in the Army in Birmingham, AL. Later, in 1954, his wife, Sarina, had also naturalized.

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But others from my Ferro ancestry who had immigrated from Ucria to Waltham, like my grandparents Giuseppe and Angelina and my great uncle Salvatore Ferro, had kept their statuses as legal aliens, never naturalizing.

As you read A Door To Their Hearts continue to follow my monthly blog posts as I share more documents and photographs of the Ferro ancestryA presto! 👌🏼

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