Kudos to the newest dual-citizen from the Golden State


Are you having troubles with your Luxembourg dual-citizenship application and find yourself complaining and being a whiny defeatist? Well, stop. Look at Shirley Lee Ross, who, “having found that all 16 of her great-great-grandparents had come to the US from Luxembourg,” still stumbled into problems when the government began processing her documents.

I haven’t encountered anyone online who has done that much painstaking research and was able to trace his or her lineage to so many Luxembourgers. This woman must be the most Luxembourgish Luxembourg-American out there.

According to the Luxembourg Wort: “During the application process, [Ross] explained, there had been some issue with her surname. While in Luxembourg women commonly use their maiden name for official documents, authorities recommended that her Luxembourg passport should match the one from the US.”

Additionally, according to a Wort piece from March 2014, Ross also couldn’t find vital records for multiple ancestors who had immigrated from the Grand Duchy to Wisconsin because the state did not require these documents until 1907. Her complication joins a long list of applicants in states where old laws have become a genealogical hindrance to this project. Nevertheless she, and I know a majority of us, have prevailed in light of these governmental and bureaucratic obstacles.

Ross now has her passport. She made a special trip to the Grand Duchy to obtain it instead of picking it up from the consulate in San Francisco.

I suppose the bumps on the road make reclaiming citizenship a better story to tell; a smooth journey can be a boring one. Congratulations to Shirley Lee Ross, the newest member of the U.S.-Luxembourg family!