Thuringia - Sachsen Meiningen – Herzogtum (duchy)Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit This Page
From FamilySearch Wiki
When a person was born in a city, the local police issued a Heimatschein which entitled the bearer of residence in said city to all privileges until he/she obtained another certificate of residence elsewhere. When a person decided to move a similar paper was issued in the new place of residence. If someone decided to temporarily leave his place of residence, a paper was issued for a leave of absence which confirmed the person to be a resident of such and such city. Sometimes couples and entire families are listed.
If a man intended to settle in a location and get married, he had not only to ask for permission to be accepted as a citizen, his future wife also had to ask for permission to become a resident. Both had to bring certificates of good conduct and swear an oath not to become a burden to the new parish. In most cases permission was granted. From time to time permission was rejected because one of the marriage partners had a character flaw or the authorities objected to an overload of professions i.e., daylaborers in their city.
Petitions to obtain citizenship are available for Sachsen-Meiningen through FamilySearch, catalog, keyword search: Heimatscheine. Films can be ordered through the Family History Center network (see main page, FamilySearch catalog)
Share Your Opinion!
Give feedback on our new look! Tell us what you like, and what you would do differently.Give Feedback